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News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 19, 2003
Contact: Brenda Bertrand
Tel: 202-606-2402

White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card Addresses Recipients of President's Quality Awards

OPM Director Kay Coles James Hosts Ceremony at which the President's Award for Management Excellence, Government's Highest Award for Management Achievement, is Presented

Washington, D.C. -- White House Chief of Staff, Andrew H. Card, Jr., gave the keynote address at the 2003 President's Quality Award ceremony held at the historic Corcoran Gallery of Art across from the White House. Kay Coles James, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), hosted the event, as OPM administers the Presidential Award for Management Excellence through the President's Quality Award Program. Together, Secretary Card and Director James thanked agencies for the significant contributions they have made over the past year. Two federal agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) both received the Presidential Award for Management Excellence, the highest of its kind in the federal government.

Secretary Card and Director James were joined by other Bush Administration officials to publicly recognize the award winners who displayed outstanding results in implementing the objectives of the President's Management Agenda (PMA). Among those in attendance were General Services Administration Administrator Stephen Perry, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Administrator Sean O'Keefe, General Accounting Office Comptroller General David Walker, and Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Clay Johnson.

On behalf of President George W. Bush, Card said the efforts of the award recipients accelerate the progress toward fulfilling the goal of the PMA: a more citizen-centered, results-oriented and market-based government.

"Quality management and results are the focus of this Administration," Card said. "President Bush has a goal of getting all federal agencies to green on the PMA scorecard, and those agencies there now are models and examples of public servants at work, and the quality, success, and progress of the PMA at work."

James said this year's award nomination process was extremely competitive, and she fully expects this trend to continue as agencies work diligently to implement and achieve results under the PMA.

"I am continuously impressed by the innovation and creative energies that are at work in the federal government," said James. "The President's Management Agenda is being implemented by men and women who have dedicated their lives to making progress, achieving results and redefining excellence for themselves and all of us."

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who received an honorable mention at last year's award ceremony, received this year's award for its exemplary performance and results in the area of 'Improved Financial Performance.' The National Science Foundation (NSF) was recognized for exemplary performance and results in the area of 'Expanded Electronic Government.'

In addition to the two award winners, three federal agencies garnered honorable mentions at the 2003 President's Quality Awards: the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in the area of 'Expanded Electronic Government,' the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the area of 'Budget and Performance Integration,' and the Social Security Administration (SSA), in the areas of 'Improved Financial Performance' and 'Strategic Management of Human Capital.'

"This year's award winners and honorable mentions represent the best and the brightest America has to offer," James said. "They are truly the driving force behind achieving results in the President's Management Agenda. These agencies are models of how agencies can move forward and meet the demands of this new era."

Last year, Director James redesigned the President's Quality Award Program to align with the President's Management Agenda, thus shifting the focus to recognize the initiatives and people driving specific management changes and achieving results in their agencies.

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