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Award Presented on Capitol Hill

(02/33) Trenton, NJ--- New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Assistant Commissioner Ronald S. Tuminski today accepted the 2002 Public Service Excellence Award for State Government in Washington, D.C. at the "Breakfast of Champions." This is the kick-off event for Public Service Recognition Week 2002 nationwide.

The award presented annually, honors the state organization that demonstrates innovation, quality, and cost-effectiveness in its day-to-day practices.

"It's an honor to accept this award on behalf of the many talented and dedicated people who work in our department," said Ronald Tuminski. "New Jersey is committed to protecting the environment by working smarter and harder."

"This recognition clearly reflects the high quality stewardship and commitment to improve and protect New Jersey's environment and public health," said Bradley M. Campbell, DEP Commissioner. "New Jersey has been, and will again be, a national leader in environmental protection."

The New Jersey DEP was selected for adopting the Malcolm Baldrige criteria to improve internal operations. Through the use of technology and e-government initiatives, results based management, strengthening constituent services and stakeholder participation, and fostering open dialogue and staff development within the agency, the department has laid the groundwork for an Open and Effective Government.

As part of its open and effective government goal, the department, through its Environmental Management Information System, integrates environmental data among its programs and allows for on-line permit applications through the use of the Internet. The information exchange enhances state government's ability to better address the needs of the regulated community and the public.

The goal is based on the seven criteria of the Baldridge framework, which includes: leadership, strategic planning, constituent focus, information and analysis, human resources, process management and organizational results. Adopting the framework ensures high quality service while providing a clean and healthy environment for all citizens of New Jersey.

The Public Service Excellence Award is administered by the Public Employees Roundtable in Washington, DC. Public Employees Roundtable is a non-profit, non-partisan educational coalition of organizations representing nearly one million government employees and retirees. The award distinguishes the New Jersey DEP as one of the outstanding state government programs nationally.




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