Congressman Seth Moulton and Team Win a “Democracy Award” for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation and Modernization
“As a Democracy Award winner, Rep. Moulton’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Seth Moulton is the winner of the Congressional Management Foundation’s annual “Democracy Award” for outstanding achievement in Innovation and Modernization. This category recognizes offices employing unique or innovative methods in their constituent interactions, communications, or office operations.
Office-wide innovation is built into Congressman Moulton’s daily operations, whether that be how his team members communicate with one another internally or how it serves its constituents and furthers legislative priorities externally.
The office was the first to utilize Slack in 2015. In 2020, Moulton’s office was the first in Congress to issue a guide to constituents and other Congressional offices on teleworking. Operational processes are kept up to date in an annual audit of their extensive library of standard operating procedures. To ensure Congressman Moulton is reaching each quarter’s scheduling goals, the operations team tracks and categorizes time. Each quarter, tags are reviewed and analyzed to optimize Congressman Moulton’s time to ensure maximum engagement with district stakeholders, constituents, staff, and outside groups.
“As a Democracy Award winner, Rep. Moulton’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Moulton has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Massachusetts. Rep. Moulton and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for his colleagues in Congress, but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work,” he said.
“Democracy doesn’t work unless we are committed to constantly improving it. We must always adapt so we can best serve the American people and also so the American people can see how their government works for them every day. As public servants, we have to push ourselves toward new and innovative tools that help us get things done for our constituents more efficiently and effectively. There is no good reason our government should move slower than the private sector or find itself stuck with obsolete systems,” said Congressman Moulton. “I am extremely proud to lead a team that has not only mastered our existing procedures, but that remains nimble and ready to embrace new ones. To be recognized by the Congressional Management Foundation in this category is a special honor and we will carry it proudly as we continue to innovate.”
Congressman Moulton shares the honor in this category with Republican Congressman Garret Graves of Louisiana.
Presented by the Congressional Management Foundation each year, the Democracy Awards recognize non-legislative achievement and performance in congressional offices. This is the third Democracy Award for Rep. Moulton and his team. His office was a previous winner of the award for Transparency and Accountability (2018) and Constituent Service (2020).
Eight House and Senate offices were honored as winners in four categories. The winners were selected by a selection committee primarily composed of former Members of Congress and congressional staff. The winners will be honored at a ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C. in the fall.
Founded in 1977, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. It advances its mission by enhancing the performance of the institution, legislators and their staffs through research-based education and training, and by strengthening the bridge and understanding between Congress and the People it serves.
Details on the process and the history of the Democracy Awards can be found here: https://www.congressfoundation.org/projects/democracy-awards
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