|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
Vigorous commitment to the publicís right to know, open government,
and access to government documents will play an important role in selecting
Those associated with the John E. Moss Foundation will be serving pro
bono, and will absorb expenses associated with their work.