Langevin Named One of the Best Websites on Capitol Hill
Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) was named as having one of the best websites on Capitol Hill today and given a 113th Congress Gold Mouse Award by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a nonpartisan non-profit working to improve communication between citizens and Congress, and enhance operations in Capitol Hill offices. Langevin is one of only 12 House members and 16 members of Congress overall to receive the Gold-level award.
“Keeping constituents informed both about my work in Washington and the services available to them in my Rhode Island office has always been a priority for me,” Langevin said. “I am honored to accept this Gold Mouse Award and will continue to work to create an easy-to-navigate online presence that holds me accountable to my constituents.”
CMF has assessed and graded congressional websites and issued these awards since 2002. In the past year, Langevin has updated issue pages and his votes in Congress, added new information for people looking to visit or move to Rhode Island, and added a Spanish-language page to assist his Spanish-speaking constituents.
“By demonstrating exceptional accountability and transparency in online communication, Congressman Langevin not only provides benefits to his constituents, but the entire Congress,” said Bradford Fitch, CMF President and CEO. “Congressman Langevin should be congratulated by his constituents, applauded by advocates of good government, and emulated by congressional colleagues.”
CMF researchers reviewing Langevin’s website noted, “Almost every single issue contained links to legislation, news, press releases and additional information with the overwhelming majority being current.”
A total of 70 personal office and committee websites received a Gold, Silver or Bronze Mouse Award. The criteria for website assessments have been developed and refined by CMF over the past decade based on survey research, focus groups with constituents and interviews with key stakeholders to congressional officers. Reviewers assessed 10 categories of criteria: 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.