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  Press Release
For Immediate Release

March 9, 1999
Michael Lemov  202-371-5749 
Kathleen Benson 703-753-3334 
Frank Silbey  202-639-4494 

A non-profit, bipartisan organization has been created to recognize the member of the Senate or House who best exemplifies the ideals of the late Congressman John E. Moss (D-CA) author of the Freedom of Information Act, Consumer Product Safety Act, and congressional oversight initiatives. The John E. Moss Foundation has been created in Washington by a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, former members and professionals who knew and worked with the late Congressman Moss who died in December 1997. Its purpose is to honor his memory and accomplishments by recognizing the high ideals of public service he practiced and personified throughout his long career.
The John E. Moss Integrity in Congress Award will honor "integrity, courage, independence and dedication to the public interest - the greatest good for the greatest number - in the U.S. Congress." 

Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) is Chairman of Board of the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Members of the Congressional Advisory Committee include Honorable Bob Matsui (D-CA), Jim Leach (R-IA), Marc Marks (R-PA), James Nelligan (R-PA), Donald Rumsfeld (R-IL), and Henry Waxman (D-CA). Michael Lemov, former Chief Counsel to Congressman Moss and an attorney with Winston & Strawn is the Foundationís President. Kathleen Benson, Mossís former Administrative Assistant is Vice President/Secretary. 

The award, to be given annually on a non-partisan basis, will be based upon demonstrated courage by a Member of the House or Senate in advocating difficult positions that may not be widely popular. Criteria for recipients will include commitment to the widest public interest, concern for the disadvantaged, and promotion of government accountability through congressional oversight. 

Vigorous commitment to the publicís right to know, open government, and access to government documents will play an important role in selecting recipients. 

Those associated with the John E. Moss Foundation will be serving pro bono, and will absorb expenses associated with their work. 

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