Schiff's Web Site Named One of the Best in Congress
Representative Adam Schiff's web site was honored today by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), a non-profit, non-partisan management consulting and research organization in Washington, D.C., for being one of the best in Congress. The site, www.house.gov/schiff, was one of 615 evaluated in The 2006 Gold Mouse Report: Recognizing the Best Web Sites on Capitol Hill, which analyzed congressional web sites including those of all Senate and House Members, committees, and official leadership sites. Only 85 of the 615 web sites or about 14% were cited with 2006 Gold, Silver or Bronze Mouse Awards. Rep. Schiff was awarded a Bronze Mouse Award.
"I am delighted that my web site was named a Mouse Award winner by the Congressional Management Foundation," Rep. Schiff said. "CMF does important work - evaluating the constituent services of Members of Congress. I am always looking for ways to improve communications with my constituents, and this report provides me with valuable insights on how to meet that goal using my web site."
Rep. Schiff continually works to ensure his web site is a user-friendly conduit for communicating with his constituents. He routinely evaluates his web site and updates it with the latest technology aimed at keeping his constituents informed and up-to-date on his efforts in Congress. Late last year, he unveiled a redesign of his email newsletter, The Washington Update, which is now much more dynamic and interactive. It includes interactive surveys, helpful links to his web site, and access to his email. He is currently in the process of building a blog for his web site which should be introduced in the coming weeks.
"One of the key purposes of the awards is to highlight best practices so offices can improve their sites by learning from those doing a good job," said Beverly Bell, executive director of the Congressional Management Foundation. "Web sites that garnered an Award in 2006 illustrate the best practices that we hope can serve as examples for others to follow."
"Rep. Schiff's web site shows that he has identified the needs of his various constituencies and has developed easily accessible content that meets their needs online," said Bell. "Rep. Schiff is to be congratulated for being among the best of the best web sites on Capitol Hill, and the Congressional Management Foundation is pleased to present him with the 2006 Bronze Mouse Award."
"The 2006 report shows that Web sites are an increasingly critical channel through which Members communicate to, and hear from, constituents. In a time when people can do everything online from renewing their driver licenses to paying their taxes, they understandably expect to find information on the Web about legislation and congressional assistance with federal agencies, as well as the opportunity to communicate their own views," Bell said.
Web sites were graded on how well they incorporate five basic building blocks that extensive research has identified as critical for effectiveness: audience, content, usability, interactivity, and innovation. Using these building blocks, an evaluation framework was developed by CMF and their research partners at Harvard, Ohio State, and the University of California-Riverside that would be fair and objective, while still taking into account important qualitative factors that affect a visitor's experience on a Web site.
A full copy of the report, the 2006 Gold Mouse Report: Recognizing the Best Web Sites on Capitol Hill, is available on the Congressional Management Foundation's Web site at www.cmfweb.org
Rep. Schiff was recently appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 110th Congress and is a member of its Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee, the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, and the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel. He also serves on the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. He represents California's 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.