Legislative Staff Awards

2013

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LEADERSHIP STAFF SECTION (LSS)

At the NCSL 2013 Legislative Summit in Atlanta, the Leadership Staff Section recognized Janeen Halverson, Utah Senate, for her 14 years of outstanding contributions in the Senate Minority Office as lead staffer and respected writer and editor, for her support within NCSL, service as LSS Chair, editor of the LSS Newsletter, significant outreach efforts and service within the staff section, gracious work ethic and excellent communication skills, and for her loyalty and devotion to the legislative institution.


2012

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE HEALTH STAFF NETWORK (LHSN)

At the NCSL 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, the Legislative Health Staff Network recognized Mark Andrews, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for his excellent service in expanding a solid base of knowledge among legislative staff, helping to design structures and processes for exchanging information for legislative health policy staff to be more effective, and for helping to create a network of colleagues and experts in the field fostering cooperative efforts to guide health policy.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

At the NCSL 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, the Legislative Research Librarians Staff Section recognized Shelley Day, Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, for her dedicated service to the Utah Legislature and outreach efforts to promote legislative information and involvement for legislators, citizens, and students in various roles as Utah's coordinator of the NCSL America's Legislators Back to School Program, legislative liaison and webmaster, and LRL Chair. To read the citation, click here.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RESEARCH AND COMMITTEE STAFF SECTION (RACSS)

At the NCSL 2012 Legislative Summit in Chicago, the Research and Committee Staff Section recognized John Cannon, former Managing Policy Analyst of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, for his superior work as Managing Policy Analyst and for 20 years in providing staff support to various legislative committees, including Political Subdivisions, Government Operations, Rules, and Redistricting.


2011

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

This award was presented to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for its outstanding briefing paper, A History of Property Tax in Utah, at NCSL's 2011 Legislative Summit in San Antonio, Texas. Shelley Day (OLRGC) accepted the award at the LRL Annual Business Meeting.

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.


2010

EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH METHODS AWARD / CERTIFICATES OF IMPACT AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

These two awards were presented to the Office of Legislative Auditor General for its report, A Performance Audit of the Cost of Benefits for Reemployed Retirees and Part-Time Employees. John Schaff, Director of the Office of Legislative Auditor General, accepted these awards from NLPES in Louisville, KY at the NCSL Legislative Summit in July.

For more information about these awards and the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), click here.

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

Two awards were presented to Utah legislative offices at NCSL's 2010 Annual Summit in Louisville, Kentucky. Bryant Howe (OLRGC) and Spencer Pratt (LFA) accepted the awards at the LRL Business Meeting.
Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst, 2010-2011 Appropriations Report
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah's Economy: What's Happened and Where Do We Go From Here?

For more information about the Notable Document Awards and NCSL's LRL, click here.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (NALIT)

At NCSL's Annual Summit in Louisville, Kentucky, the NALIT Staff Section recognized the team of Mark Allred (OLRGC), Richard Amon (LFA), and Stan Eckersley (LFA) of the Utah State Legislature for their fiscal notes software redesign. The new system shortened the fiscal notes turn-around deadline from 72 hours to 24 hours, speeding the processes by which bills are assigned to committees and allowing bill sponsors to have fiscal notes available before presenting bills to a standing committee or on the floor. Click here to read about this year's award (page 15).

For more information about the National Association of Legislative Information Technology (NALIT) click here.

SUNSHINE AWARD
UTAH HEADLINERS CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel was presented this award for providing easy access to legislative information on the Utah State Legislature Web site. Michael E. Christensen, Director of Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, accepted the award at the Chapter's annual awards event.


2009

EXCELLENCE IN EVALUATION AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

The Office of the Legislative Auditor General (OLAG) received the 2009 Excellence in Evaluation Award from the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), a staff section within the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). House Speaker David Clark accepted this award on behalf of OLAG at the 2009 NCSL Legislative Summit in Philadelphia.

Each year, NLPES gives the Excellence in Evaluation award to the office determined to have contributed the most to the field of legislative program evaluation during a four-year period. NLPES selects the recipient of this award based on the following criteria: (1) the body of work produced by the office, (2) the impact this work has had on state operations and policies, and (3) the ways that the office has furthered the field of legislative evaluation.

NCSL CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION IMPACT AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)


The Office of Legislative Auditor General was also recognized at the 2009 Legislative Summit for individual impact regarding the release of Report 2008-11: A Performance Audit of School Busing.
The Impact Award is given to offices who released an audit report in 2007 or 2008 which had documented policy impact in two or more of the following areas: (1) dollar savings from implemented recommendations, (2) program improvements as a result of implementing audit recommendations, (3) impacts from the legislature’s perspective, (4) impacts from the public’s perspective, or (5) impacts from other organizations’ perspective.

For more information about the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), click here.


2008

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

This award was presented to the Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst for its 2008 General Session Appropriation Summary and Budget Highlights.

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.

NCSL STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
LEGAL SERVICES STAFF SECTION

This award was presented to Gay Taylor, recently retired General Counsel to the Utah State Legislature in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. To read the citation found under 'Legal Services Staff Section' click here.


2007

NCSL STANDING COMMITTEE STAFF CHAIR'S AWARD

This award was given in recognition of John Massey's distinguished career of achievement and excellence in supporting the work of the Utah Legislature. John E. Massey, recently retired Fiscal Analyst and Director of the Office of Legislative Fiscal Analyst was presented this award at the NCSL's 2007 State Legislative Summit in Boston. Click here to read the citation.

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENTS AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

At NCSL's 2007 State Legislative Summit in Boston, LRL commended the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for its publication TAX RELIEF & REFORM: What Does It Mean to Taxpayers? and for providing substantive information on contemporary issues of interest to legislatures in an innovative fashion.

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.

NCSL CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION IMPACT AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

The Office of Legislative Auditor General was recognized for Report 2006-12 "A Performance Audit of the Utah Department of Corrections" and presented with this distinguished award at the NCSL's 2007 State Legislative Summit in Boston. This award is given to outstanding audit reports that have a significant impact upon state government and the organization audited. This report identified major concerns with management practices, problems that demonstrated favoritism, and a lack of oversight over the department's training program. All issues identified in the report were quickly acted upon by the Governor's Office and the department. The report resulted in major changes in the organization's structure and in the department's operating policies and procedures.

For more information about the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), click here.


2006

NCSL STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RESEARCH AND COMMITTEE STAFF SECTION (RACSS)

NCSL recognized the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel as an honoree for its publication of Utah State Government -- A Citizens Guide. RACSS presented the award to the office at the NCSL Annual Meeting in Nashville stating that the guide serves as an excellent model for other states and that staff are most deserving of the award.

For more information about the RACSS Staff Achievement Award, click here.

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARDS
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in Nashville, the LRL Staff Section presented the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel with two Notable Document Awards in two different categories:

  1) Citizen's Guide: Utah State Government -- A Citizen's Guide

  2) Legislator's Guide: Understanding Medicaid: A Policy Maker's Introduction

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.

NCSL IMPACT AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

The Office of Legislative Auditor General was awarded the 2006 Impact Award at the NCSL Annual Meeting in Nashville in recognition for the report that had significant impact on public policy.

School Boards Closed Meetings Do Not Comply with Statute

For more information about the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society (NLPES), click here.


2005

NCSL ONLINE DEMOCRACY AWARD

The Utah Legislature Web site is recognized as best in the nation. The NCSL Online Democracy Award recognizes a state legislative Web site that stands out for making democracy user-friendly. The Utah Legislature Web site, the first Web site to receive this award, was selected for outstanding achievement in the use of design, content, and technology to bring democracy closer to the citizens of Utah. Of specific note is its use of RSS feeds and audio/video streaming of legislative activity. The design is simple and effective in user navigation. NCSL recognizes the Utah Legislature Web site as an example for other legislatures to follow in using Web technology to deliver public information to their constituents. Accepting the award at the 2005 NCSL Annual Meeting & Exhibition on behalf of the Utah Legislature were Mike Christensen, director, and Mark Allred, IT manager, both of the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.


2004

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AWARD FOR DIGITAL DEMOCRACY

Among the 2004 Chief Information Officer Awards for outstanding accomplishment in e-government initiatives exemplifying best practices in design and implementation of customer focused information technology services, Governor Olene Walker recognized the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel for best practices in online tracking of legislation.


2003

DIGITAL LEGISLATURES SURVEY

The Center for Digital Government recognized the Utah State Legislature Web site as the nation's seventh place ranking in the 2003 Digital Legislatures Survey. The Utah Legislature's Web site is designed and maintained by the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel.

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARD
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

At the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, LRL announced the Notable Documents Award winners. The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel received this distinguished award for all publications submitted this year.

  Demographic Profiles of Legislative Districts (Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)
  Medicaid Spending: Controlling Costs
(Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)
  Senate Confirmation of Judicial Appointments (Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)
  The Future of Highway Funding (Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)
  
Tax Primer (Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RESEARCH AND COMMITTEE STAFF SECTION (RACSS)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, RACSS recognized Bryant Howe for his outstanding career as a legislative staff member for the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel and for his contributions to RACSS and NCSL in sharing his experience with junior legislative staff in other states through his work with the Skills Development Seminar. Click here to read the citation.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICES (NALFO)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, NALFO recognized the LFA Meribah Development Team for outstanding team project excellence. Meribah is a computer program designed to streamline the preparation of the state budget and various appropriations bills for the Legislature. Utah's Office of the Legislative Fiscal Analyst was selected as a recipient of the NALFO Legislative Staff Achievement Award.

For additional information about NCSL's NALFO, click here.

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION OF IMPACT
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in San Francisco, NLPES presented the Certificate of Recognition of Impact to Utah's Office of the Legislative Auditor General. Certificates of Recognition of Impact are presented to offices that release reports that document public policy impacts within their states.

  A Performance Audit of Medical School Admissions (Office of the Legislative Auditor General)

For additional information about the Certificate of Recognition of Impact and NCSL's NLPES, click here.


2002

NCSL NOTABLE DOCUMENT AWARD WINNERS
LEGISLATIVE RESEARCH LIBRARIANS STAFF SECTION (LRL)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in Denver, the LRL Staff Section presented the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel with the Notable Documents Award.

  Energy Policy Issues and Legislative Options (Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel)

For more information about the Notable Document Award and NCSL's LRL, click here.


2001

EXCELLENCE IN EVALUATION AWARD
NATIONAL LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM EVALUATION SOCIETY (NLPES)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, NLPES presented the Excellence in Evaluation Award to Utah's Office of the Legislative Auditor General. This award is presented to the office producing a product that utilizes exemplary or innovative means to provide information to the legislature.

  Best Practices for Good Management (Office of the Legislative Auditor General)
  Performance Audit of Tourism Promotion Funding in Utah (Office of the Legislative Auditor General)

For additional information about NCSL's NLPES, click here.

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
RESEARCH AND COMMITTEE STAFF SECTION (RACSS)

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, RACSS honored Richard V. Strong, recently retired Director of the Office of Legisative Research and General Counsel, for his support of professional development for legislative staff and for his many years of dedicated and exemplary service to the Utah State Legislature. Click here to read the citation.


1999

LEGISLATIVE STAFF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LEGISLATIVE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

At the NCSL Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, NALIT recognized Mark J Allred for professional accomplishment and service to the staff section, NCSL, and the Utah Legislature. Mark supervises the Information Center, computer and bill entry staffs, and directs information systems for the Legislature as the IT manager in the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. To read the citation, click here.


1998

ROY B. GIBSON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AWARD
UTAH HEADLINERS CHAPTER OF THE SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel was presented this award at the Chapter's annual awards banquet. This office, that designed and maintains the Utah Legislature Web site, was selected for providing easy access to public legislative information. Richard Strong, Director of Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, accepted the award.