Perlmutter Named Finalist for First-Ever Democracy Awards

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Washington, D.C.-, February 23, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today announced that U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) is a finalist for the first-ever Democracy Awards, CMF’s new award recognizing non-legislative achievement and performance in congressional offices. Perlmutter has been selected for outstanding accomplishments for the category of “Workplace Environment”, which highlights offices that have established both formal policies and informal cultures that promote professional development and work-life balance for their staff members.

In announcing Perlmutter as a finalist for the Democracy Awards, CMF cited several reasons, including holding weekly videoconferences to discuss their work on behalf of the district; holding an annual staff conference which includes a community service project and tour of a major employer; and assigning partners from the district office and DC office to work on specific issue areas.

“As a finalist for a Democracy Award, Rep. Perlmutter’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. Perlmutter has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Colorado. Rep. Perlmutter 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.”

Twenty House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in four categories: Constituent Service, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, and Workplace Environment. House and Senate personal offices nominated themselves using an online questionnaire for the four office categories. CMF followed up with offices to gather documentation and assess the office's adherence to the established criteria. CMF staff selected the finalists based on the information provided by nominees.

“We work hard to make sure our staff members have the support they need to excel at their job and enjoy what they do,” said Perlmutter. “I believe I have the best staff and I’m pleased they are getting recognized for their dedication and commitment to the people of the 7th Congressional District.”

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 of the categories. Winners will be announced in mid-May. An awards ceremony to honor finalists and winners will be held on July 12, 2018.

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.

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