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Expert Reviewers Wanted for 2005 Baldrige Award


New York, Dec 08, 2004

Each year the Baldrige National Quality Program recruits experts from business, education, health care and other fields to serve as members of the board of examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Examiners evaluate applications for the award and prepare feedback reports to applicants citing strengths and opportunities for improvement.

The board consists of more than 500 members, including nine judges and about 60 senior examiners representing many industries, companies and organizations, including those from not-for-profit and public sectors. For the 2005 board, NIST is particularly looking for applicants who are physicians and those with experience in financial, food manufacturing, utilities and not-for-profit sectors. Service on the board provides an opportunity to enhance a board member's knowledge, to develop a new network of expert colleagues and to help improve U.S. competitiveness.

Applications for the board are available online tor by calling (301) 975-2036.

Baldrige Award for Non-Profits Approved
On Oct. 5, President Bush signed into law legislation that authorizes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to expand its Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program to include non-profit and government organizations. Currently, the award has five categories: manufacturing, service, small business, education and health care. Most of the more than 40 Baldrige-based state and local quality award programs allow non-profit organizations to apply for their awards.

The Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a private-sector organization, has raised an endowment of more than $18 million to help support the award program and will raise additional funds to support this new category assuming additional federal funds are provided. Federal funding for NIST's Baldrige National Quality Program in 2004 was $5.4 million. The program may begin to solicit applications for the award from non-profit organizations in 2006.

For more information on the Baldrige Award, see http://baldrige.nist.gov.

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