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A Simple Strategy to Improve Constituent Dialogue

I was giving a speech to a group of citizens visiting Washington for a fly-in, and was asked this question: "What's the most frustrating obstacle to enhancing the democratic dialog between citizens and Congress?" I surprised myself by responding quickly: "Bad writing."

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Sometimes Congressional Spouses Need Staff Management, Too

After a few days of watching the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a lot of Americans learned what a lot of congressional staff already know: Some politicians’ spouses are more than a handful to manage, and can cause angst and grief for the staff who serve the elected official. While Maureen McDonnell is more like the exception than the rule, it’s still a stark reminder that many staff experience conflict with a member’s family.

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113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards: Congressional Use of Social Media [VIDEO]

In April 2014, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released the Gold Mouse Awards (and accompanying best practices report) for the 113th Congress. For the first time, 17 Members were recognized for their efforts in using social media to further transparency, accountability, and constituent service. This video discusses what CMF focused on in our analysis of social media practices, the characteristics exhibited by the winners of the Gold Mouse Awards for Social Media, and the strategic questions congressional offices should ask before engaging in social media efforts.

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113th Congress Gold Mouse Awards: Best Practices in Congressional Websites [VIDEO]

In April 2014, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) released the Gold Mouse Awards (and accompanying best practices report) for the 113th Congress. Seventy congressional websites were recognized with awards. This video discusses the methodology for the Gold Mouse Awards, the characteristics of effective Member websites, and includes examples from some of the award winners.

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Join Us Next Friday for Advocacy Leaders Network Workshop

Join CMF and Beekeeper Group on September 5 for the collaborative discussion, "Trending Now: Learn What Your Supporters Really ‘Like’ Online." This session is part of the Advocacy Leaders Network, a series tailored to senior advocacy, government affairs, and public relations professionals, and presented through CMF's Partnership for a More Perfect Union.

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Characteristics of Effective Committee Websites

In past posts, we've discussed the characteristics of effective Member (personal office) websites. While some overlap exists between award-winning Member and committee websites in terms of usability and timeliness, there is little commonality otherwise.

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Congress Should Explore Greater Flexibility in the Workplace

Is workplace flexibility possible in congressional offices? Can something that's "easy to say, hard to do" be implemented in such a unique work environment? In this month's Roll Call commentary, Brad Fitch discusses why workflex is important for Congress to consider—and the consequences of not doing so.

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CMF-SHRM Launch Training Series on Work-Life

Last week, CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) launched a training series on congressional work-life as part of the "Life in Congress" research project. These programs are focused on enhancing staff's professional and personal lives by exploring options for more flexible workplaces.

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The Magic Formula to Requesting Time and Setting Up Events With Congress

For citizens aiming to get Congress to understand their views, congressional staff report the best way is to invite their boss to attend an event or visit a group in the district or state. August recess is an excellent time to do this, but many staff also report significant variance in the acumen, skills and practices of groups requesting meetings. In this commentary, Brad Fitch offers some clear guidance based on a recent CMF survey of House District Directors.

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Be a ‘Courageous Follower’: How to Have Difficult Conversations with the Boss

On Monday, CMF held training sessions with senior level Senate and House staff about how to become a 'Courageous Follower.' The focus was on how staff provide valuable guidance and feedback to their Senator or Member, including the courage to intervene when not doing so will cause a problem or result in a serious misstep.
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ABOUT CMF

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CMF is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to helping Congress and its Members meet the evolving needs and expectations of an engaged and informed 21st century citizenry.

Our work focuses on improving congressional operations and enhancing citizen engagement through research, publications, training, and management services.

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PROJECTS

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Communicating with Congress The Internet forever changed how citizens and Congress interacts. The goal of this project is to facilitate a more meaningful democratic dialogue.

 

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Gold Mouse Project
Congress should effectively communicate with and serve citizens online. CMF assesses congressional websites to identify best and innovative practices that can be more widely adopted by the House and Senate.

 

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Inside the Hill
Produced by Founding Partner Fleishman-Hillard, this video series allows you to hear directly from Members and staff on how technology is changing the way Congress works.

 

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Life in Congress
This novel research project by CMF and the Society for Human Resource Management has two goals: identify the factors that motivate congressional staff and shed some light on Congress as a workplace.

 

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21st Century Town Hall Meetings CMF seeks to continue our innovative work in this area by conducting comparative research on in-person town halls, online town halls, and telephone town halls.