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Washington, D.C. - Five federal agencies last night received the coveted 2006 Presidential Award for Management Excellence during a ceremony hosted by Office of Personnel Management Director Linda M. Springer.
The Presidential Award for Management Excellence is the most prestigious award for managerial excellence in the federal government. Awards were presented to the Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Department of Transportation and the Department of Education. The Transportation Department received two awards.
"We are here to recognize the outstanding programs and people who are doing extraordinary things to make our government work better for the American people," said Springer during the award ceremony at Washington's Corcoran Museum of Art. "The awards are indicative of the commitment federal agencies have for improving management practices."
OPM administers the Presidential Award for Management Excellence through the President's Quality Award program. The awards were presented to high-ranking officials within each agency honored.
Keynote speaker Clay Johnson, Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, said, "The employee groups honored tonight have worked brilliantly to make their agencies more effective. They show citizens and other agencies how effective the federal government can be, and the level of performance to which all agencies should be held accountable."
The 2006 recipients of the Presidential Award for Management Excellence and the categories for which they were recognized are:
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