(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) Tuesday announced that Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) is a finalist for the Democracy Awards, CMF’s honors program recognizing non-legislative achievement in operations and constituent service by congressional offices and Members of Congress.
Rep. Banks is recognized for excellence in Transparency, Accountability, and Innovation. This category recognizes offices that employ unique or innovative methods to continuously enhance their constituent interactions, and provide clear and relevant information on their work and performance, as well as publicly acknowledge metrics for that performance.
“As a finalist in Transparency, Accountability, and Innovation, Rep. Banks’ office is one of the best in Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, President, and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation. “This designation demonstrates that Rep. Banks has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Indiana. Rep. Banks and his staff are to be congratulated for not only being a model for colleagues in Congress but for helping to restore trust and faith that our democratic institutions can work,” he said.
Twelve House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in three categories: 1) Constituent Service; 2) Transparency, Accountability, and Innovation; and 3) “Life in Congress”- Workplace Environment. House and Senate personal offices self-nominated using an online questionnaire, and CMF followed up with offices to gather documentation and assess the office’s adherence to the established criteria.
A committee comprised primarily of former Members of Congress and former congressional staffers will select the two winners (one Democrat and one Republican) for each category. Winners will be announced in May, and a ceremony to honor finalists and winners will be held on June 20, 2019.
The Founding Partner for the Democracy Awards is the Bridge Alliance, which provided a generous grant to launch the program. Bridge Alliance is a diverse coalition of more than 80 organizations committed to revitalizing democratic practice in America.
The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit whose mission is to build trust and effectiveness in Congress. Since 1977, CMF has worked internally with Member, committee, leadership, and institutional offices in the House and Senate to identify and disseminate best practices for management, workplace environment, communications, and constituent services. CMF also is the leading researcher and trainer on citizen engagement, educating thousands of individuals and facilitating better relationships with Congress. For more information, please visit www.CongressFoundation.org.