Congressman John Tierney Named One of the Best Websites in Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Tierney's Congressional website was named one of the best websites on Capitol Hill today and given a "112th Congress Silver Mouse Award." The award was given by theCongressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan nonprofit working to improve communications between citizens and Congress. CMF has assessed and graded congressional websites and issued these awards since 2001.
"Rep. Tierney is to be commended for educating citizens and achieving the highest degree of transparency and accountability in online communications," said Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of CMF. "In the 21st Century, a website is much more than a broadcasting tool for a political message - it's a virtual office and a window into our democratic institutions. These winners understand the value of using the Internet to enlighten and serve constituents, and are examples for all congressional offices to follow," he said.
"It is an honor to have the office recognized for continued efforts to provide the highest level of communication with local residents, families, and small businesses. Today's award highlights the importance of an open dialogue between Members of Congress and the hardworking men and women in our communities. I am committed to continuously strengthening my ability to help local residents, hear their thoughts and opinions, and provide important information from Washington, and want to thank my excellent staff for the work they do to help meet these goals," Congressman Tierney said.
CMF conducted its analysis from June to September 2011. The criteria for website assessments include 10 categories: usability of website; timeliness of content; breadth and depth of information on issues; constituent services and casework information; promoting accountability to constituents; legislative process information; district/state information; floor proceedings information; availability of diverse forms of content; and availability of diverse forms of content channels. CMF reviewers also included social media components in the criteria.