NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT
OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Award Presented on Capitol
(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
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.