National Partnership for Reinventing Government

April 8, 1999

TACOM-ARDEC Wins New Jersey's Top Quality Achievement Award for Performance Excellence

The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (TACOM-ARDEC)Picatinny Arsenal, NJ received the prestigious New Jersey Quality Achievement Award during the state's 10th Annual Quality Conference on December 9, 1998.

New Jersey's Chief Executive Officer and Commerce Secretary Gil Medina presented the award to the ARDEC Commander Brigadier General John P. Geis.

Award examiners used the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence in selection process. The Baldrige Criteria is the basis for the Army Performance Improvement Criteria (APIC) - a measure of excellence in applying Total Army Quality (TAQ) principles.

This is the first federal organization to win the New Jersey quality award. The command, a reinvention lab, also won the federal government's top quality award--the President's Award for Quality--in 1996.

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