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News Release

Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Contact: Brendan LaCivita
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Deputy Director Dan Blair Commences President's Quality Award Judges' Panel

Distinguished panel reviews agency applications for 2004 President's Quality Award

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) began the reviewing process of applications for the 2004 President's Quality Award (PQA). The award recognizes management excellence and is presented to those Executive Branch agencies that are driving specific management changes as outlined in President George W. Bush's Management Agenda (PMA).

"When President Bush devised the PMA, he gave federal agencies a mandate to streamline government processes and functions," stated OPM Deputy Director Dan Blair. "By OPM Director Kay Coles James' realignment of the prestigious PQA award with the PMA, the focus of the award shifted from simply recognizing agencies' quality of service and productivity to recognizing the actual initiatives and the people behind those initiatives who are effectively driving specific management changes."

In 2002, OPM significantly redesigned the PQA program by aligning it with the PMA. The PMA has five governmentwide management initiatives with specific objectives in each management area:

  • Strategic Management of Human Capital
  • Competitive Sourcing
  • Improved Financial Performance
  • Expanded Electronic Government
  • Budget and Performance Integration

In holding agencies accountable for implementing the PMA, the Office of Management and Budget developed scorecards for each of the management areas.

For 2004, OPM has added new criteria agencies must meet to qualify for the PQA, including:

  • Agency performance in specific innovative and exemplary practices that fall under one of the five governmentwide initiatives;
  • Agency performance in a governmentwide initiative; and
  • Agency performance in integrating their management systems

"Director James believes OPM's 2004 PQA criteria provide an even better way to recognize the important work being done to implement the PMA," Blair stated. "In a very real sense, the PQA is the ‘people' side of the PMA, and we know it will contribute to the overall effort by encouraging and recognizing some of the leaders and employees who are driving the management changes in their agencies."

The panel's main objective was to review the agency applications and recommend to Director James those that should go forward to the President for approval as winners of the 2004 PQA. Two primary considerations had to be met as the applications were considered:

  • Application proposals must directly and materially support the objectives of the PMA; and
  • Application proposals must truly stand out and be worthy of adoption by others

This year's panel is composed of the following individuals:

Judge John Thomas, Partner, Hunton and Williams

Harriet McClure, Former Grants Administrator for The Communities Foundation of Texas, and former Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs of USDA under President George H.W. Bush.

Bill Keyes, President, Institute for Responsible Citizenship

Manny Oliverez, President/CEO, National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives

Dan G. Blair, Deputy Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Jeff Risinger, Deputy Associate Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Robert Shea, Counselor to the Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Linda Springer, Controller, Office of Federal Financial Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Tim Young, Associate Administrator, Office of e-Government and Information Technology, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

David Safavian, Counselor to the Deputy Director for Management, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

Upon Director James' thorough review, the recommendations will be forwarded to President Bush for his consideration. The PQA black-tie gala is scheduled for December 14.

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