Lawmakers' websites improving, report finds

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But there is still much work to be done in both House and Senate communications, as a significant number of member websites were found to lack basic educational and transparency features and content valuable to their constituents.

According to the report, many member websites still do not offer basic information about their activities, the work of Congress or the legislative process.

Forty percent of lawmakers did not post information on bills members have sponsored or co-sponsored in the current session of Congress, and 44 percent did not post information on the legislator’s voting record, according to the report. Forty-seven percent did not post information on how a bill becomes a law, and 67 percent did not provide guidance for communicating with the member office. 

Lawmakers did take better advantage of social media tools, however, as the use of such technology by congressional offices rose exponentially.

A vast majority of member websites linked to official Facebook and Twitter pages, and in 2011, 73 percent had updated their page within a week's time.

Democratic and Republican member websites were also found to be generally similar in quality, according to CMF, but Democratic websites had a slightly higher percentage of top scoring sites.