WASHINGTON – The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) today presented U.S. Representative Mike Ross, D-Prescott, its Gold Mouse Award for having one of the best Web sites in Congress.  CMF analyzed all 620 congressional Web sites, including those of all Senate and House Members, committees (both majority and minority sites), and official leadership sites.   Ross’s site, http://ross.house.gov, was one of only 37 Web sites awarded the group’s coveted Gold Mouse Award for the 111th Congress.

“I am proud to receive this tremendous honor by such a respected organization.  I have worked hard to make sure my constituents get the information and help they need as quickly as possible, and my congressional Web site can often be an important resource,” said Ross.  “One of my primary responsibilities as a U.S. Congressman is to help my constituents cut through the red tape and get the help and benefits they deserve and need from the federal government.  For those who can’t visit one of my district offices in El Dorado, Hot Springs, Pine Bluff or Prescott, my website is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for constituents needing help.”

The 111th Congress Gold Mouse Awards are part of CMF’s Partnership For A More Perfect Union, which seeks to improve the quality of communication between Members and their constituents.  For this project, CMF partnered with researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School, Northeastern University, University of California–Riverside, and the Ohio State University to study how Members of Congress can use the Internet to improve communications with their constituents and to promote greater participation in the legislative process.

“One of the key reasons for the awards is to highlight best practices so offices can improve their sites by learning from those already excelling in online communications,” said Beverly Bell, CMF’s Executive Director. “Web sites like Congressman Ross’s serve as a prime example that we hope other congressional offices will follow.”

Ross recently launched a redesigned Web site on March 24, 2010, featuring an extensive “How Can I Help You?” section that provides detailed information on casework such as Social Security and VA claims, and also information that helps in applying for federal grants, scheduling tours in Washington and finding federal job openings.  It also includes pages designed just for high school students that contain information on congressional internships, applying to a U.S. Service Academy and the congressional art contest.

“Congressman Ross’s Web site shows that he understands how to meet the needs of his constituents online,” said Bell.  “The Congressional Management Foundation congratulates Mr. Ross for having a Web site that is among the best-of-the-best on Capitol Hill, and we are pleased to present Mr. Ross with the 111th Congress Gold Mouse Award.”

The 111th Congress Gold Mouse Project report, a full listing of winners and other comparative data is available on CMF’s Partnership For A More Perfect Union Web site at www.pmpu.org.

Ross’s website is located at:  http://ross.house.gov.  Ross is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repmikeross, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/repmikeross and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/repmikeross.

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