Reichert Finalist for "Life in Congress" Workplace Environment Award

Feb 23, 2018

Washington, DC - Today, the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) announced that Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA) is a finalist for the first-ever “Life in Congress” Workplace Environment award as part of the Democracy Awards. This award highlights offices that have both formal policies and informal cultures that exhibit core office values and support the professional development of their staffs.

“I am truly honored to be a finalist for this award. Since first being elected to Congress, serving the constituents of Washington’s Eighth District has been the number one priority for me and my team,” said Rep. Reichert. “It is about more than meeting the needs of my constituents; it is about doing so each day with the heart of a servant. This mentality develops leadership, integrity, service, and teamwork that is unrivaled. When I served as Sheriff of King County, I saw how these values create a strong team, which is why I established this as an office mission from the very beginning.”

Bradford Fitch, President and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation shared why Rep. Reichert was selected for the award. “As a finalist in "Life in Congress"-Workplace Environment for a Democracy Award, Rep. Reichert’s office is clearly one of the best in Congress. This designation demonstrates that Rep. Reichert has made a significant commitment to being the best public servant for his constituents in Washington. Rep. Reichert 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.

“Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA-08) actively solicits opinions and ideas from his staff, fostering loyalty and a desire to work at their highest potential.  Four of his employees have worked for him almost his entire tenure in Congress; the Chief of Staff has been with him for 25 years, dating back to his days in law enforcement.  The office makes certain everyone knows what is expected of them and how to successfully carry out their duties through thorough, but easily understood, manuals.  The 200+ page "8th District Guide" lists names and contact information for government offices at every level; Chambers of Congress and other business organizations by city; community and service groups; and all schools, hospitals, and first responders in the district.  This extremely useful document gives staff vital information they need to excel in their positions and to represent the district at the highest level.  The core values of the office – Leadership, Integrity, Service and Teamwork – are displayed on posters in each location as a reminder of how employees should approach service to their constituents.”

Twenty House and Senate offices were honored as finalists in four categories: Constituent Service, Innovation, Transparency and Accountability, and "Life in Congress"-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.

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.

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.