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Executive Order #47

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, the quality of New Jersey products and services are essential to New Jersey's success in today's highly competitive, global economy; and

WHEREAS, quality initiatives in all aspects of work, from manufacturing to health services, education to government services, cannot only improve the economy but can contribute significantly to the quality of life in New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, the value of quality improvement processes has been clearly and repeatedly demonstrated in both the public and private sectors; and

WHEREAS, these quality programs must be encouraged, shared and adapted wherever possible to improve New Jersey's competitive stance and quality of life; and

WHEREAS, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award has demonstrated that an awards program can provide a valuable means of self- assessment as well as elevate quality standards on a national level; and

WHEREAS, the fundamental success of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is attributable to an active partnership between the public and private sectors.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES J. FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in my by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, or his designee, shall cooperate with Quality New Jersey Inc. in the development, administration and promotion of a New Jersey Quality Achievement Award.

2. The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, in cooperation with Quality of New Jersey and the Office of the Governor, shall assist in the recruitment of an Advisory Board to the New Jersey Quality Achievement Award which shall support and encourage all aspects of the awards program.

3. The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall carry out the directives contained in this Order as long as the awards program remains in existence.

4. The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development shall implement this Executive Order, and each department, office, division or agency of the State is authorized and directed, to the extend not inconsistent with law, to cooperate with the Commissioner of the Department of Commerce and Economic Development and to make available to him such information, personnel and assistance as necessary to accomplish the purposes of this Order.

5. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
14th day of November in the Year of
Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred
and ninety-one, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and sixteenth.

/s/ James J. Florio
GOVERNOR

Attest:

/s/
Andrew Weber
Counsel to the Governor

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