Joe Neguse Receives “Consumer Protection Award” from Council on Licensure & Enforcement

September 18, 2017

Congressional candidate for Colorado’s Second District recognized for his work to protect Colorado consumers while head of Department of Regulatory Agencies

Boulder, CO — On Sept. 15th, Joe Neguse received the 2017 “Consumer Protection Award” from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (“CLEAR”), an international regulatory association, at its 37th annual educational conference in Denver. Neguse received the award for his work as the former Executive Director of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies (“DORA”), where he led the umbrella licensing agency of roughly 600 employees and worked to protect Coloradans from unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices.

CLEAR is an international association of agencies, individuals, and organizations that constitute the community of occupational and professional licensing and regulation. The CLEAR Consumer Protection Award, which is awarded annually, recognizes “an individual who has innovatively contributed to enhancing a broader public understanding of regulatory issues with respect to consumer and public protection, and citizen advocacy.”

Neguse served as the Executive Director of DORA from June 2015 to June 2017, and was awarded the Consumer Protection Award for his work to expand the agency’s core mission of protecting the public, including significantly enhancing consumer outreach and advocacy programs. Under his leadership, the agency achieved key consumer protection victories, including the recovery of millions of dollars for Colorado consumers and significant financial-fraud and civil rights cases. In addition, the agency focused on making it easier for consumers to file complaints against wrongdoers, including two consumer telephone “hotlines” deployed to assist Colorado consumers — one for senior citizens victimized by fraud and another for Spanish-speaking consumers — and became one of only roughly 10 states in the U.S. to offer online filing of civil rights discrimination complaints.

“While I’m honored to receive the Consumer Protection Award, the credit goes to all of the hard-working employees at the agency, who I was humbled to work with during my time at DORA,” said Neguse. “Together, we fought to expand economic opportunities by protecting the civil rights of every Coloradan and strengthening our consumer protections.”