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Update on the future of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program

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The following is an update on the future of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP).  An appropriations bill has been passed that includes no federal funding for the program in 2012, however it is important to note that the program will be funded by the Baldrige Foundation while a long-term model to sustain the mission of Baldrige is explored.  This change does not impact the GSQC as we have no federal or state funding and we look forward to contributing to the future of Performance Excellence in New Hampshire and nationally.  We will continue to provide updates on the future of the Baldrige Program as they are available.

Update: November 18, 2011

This past week Congress passed and the President signed an Appropriations bill that does not provide federal funding for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) for FY 2012. We want to thank everyone who has and continues to be a part of the collaborative effort of many partners associated with the Program, who contribute to this national asset.

We all know that the Baldrige Criteria offers tremendous value in driving performance excellence throughout the country – it is the top program for driving performance excellence across every sector and type of organization, and for making our business, health care, nonprofits and educational institutions more competitive, more efficient, and more successful in generating and sustaining positive outcomes. The need is greater now than ever to make Baldrige more accessible to the organizations and communities who need it throughout the country.

The Baldrige Foundation, the private 501(c)3 which has supported BPEP for over 20 years with the contributions of the private sector, has agreed to support operations of the Baldrige Program through 2012, while key program partners – representing the Baldrige Program, the Baldrige Foundation, the Alliance for Performance Excellence (of state/local quality award programs), and the American Society for Quality – explore alternative business and funding models to sustain the mission of Baldrige in the future. Many of you as stakeholders have provided input into an emerging vision for our future – through focus groups and interviews, blog posts, surveys, and even informal conversations, and we will welcome additional input as we shape our collective future together.

The data are compelling and the testimony is powerful: we all know that Baldrige is a proven way to fix what is not working in America and to help make us great organization at a time. Thank you for your unwavering support in the past and for your confidence and support in our future. We will update you regularly on our progress.


Brian Lassiter,
Vice Chair, Alliance for Performance Excellence