June 4, 2009 ASQ Makes Case for Quality to Education Secretary
The case for driving quality improvements, including the use of Baldrige methods, in U.S. education reached a new level today, as ASQ delivered a position brief to Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
May 7, 2004 Lawmakers Seek Out ASQ on Education Legislation
Representatives from the American Society for Quality were in Washington D.C. last week to meet with staff of the House Education and Workforce Committee, discussing ways in which quality methods could address cost issues in higher education.
June 8, 2010 ASQ Endorses Berwick Nomination
ASQ Chairman Pete Andres and Executive Director Paul Borawski sent letters to the Senate Finance Committee recommending the confirmation of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
March 25, 2010 ASQ Presents Assessment Tools to Federal Health Officials
ASQ today unveiled a set of tools that physician practices and hospitals can use to assess themselves against the Baldrige Criteria and against the federal government’s Meaningful Use criteria for health information technology implementation.
November 12, 2009 A Role for ASQ in Healthcare Legislation
ASQ worked extensively on the quality components of the health care legislation that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a 215-210 margin.
September 2, 2009 ASQ Panel to Address Congressional Healthcare Caucus
ASQ has been invited to convene a panel of experts to appear before members of a congressional healthcare caucus on September 15 in Washington, D.C. The panel will discuss healthcare information technology (Health IT).
August 6, 2009 ASQ Works Toward Quality in Healthcare Reform
ASQ developed a set of basic principles for bringing quality methods into the healthcare reform efforts in the United States, and sent them to the legislators working on healthcare reform legislation.
June 11, 2009 ASQ Submits Comments on Federal Healthcare IT Proposal
Don’t throw money into information technology in healthcare organizations that aren’t properly prepared to utilize it fully. Take advantage of proven process improvement tools and quality methodologies that make implementation go smoother and quicker.
March 21, 2008 ASQ Moves Forward to Resolve Federal Healthcare Controversy
ASQ has sent a letter to Michael Leavitt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeking to defuse lingering controversy and confusion over a ruling by the department’s Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP).
February 12, 2008 ASQ Statement on Healthcare Checklists Issue
The American Society for Quality takes exception to a recent ruling by the Office for
Human Research Protections that is having a potentially chilling effect on healthcare
quality improvement and patient safety initiatives being carried out at healthcare
institutions across the country.
July 2003 ASQ Provides Commentary on Healthcare Legislation (PDF, 122 KB)
ASQ Chairman Liz Keim has sent a letter reaffirming ASQ’s support for major provisions of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act. Her letter, also containing comments on a revised Senate draft of the legislation, was sent to key members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. It was written in response to the Committee’s request for commentary.
September 2003 ASQ Comment on Columbia Shuttle Accident Report
In an Aug. 26, 2003, report, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, an independent body constituted by NASA, exonerated quality assurance as being responsible for the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia. The board cited NASA's culture as the main contributor to the accident, but it also uncovered major deficiencies in Kennedy Space Center's quality assurance program-deficiencies that the board believes may lead to a future accident.
April 14, 2005 ASQ Leads Baldrige Supporters to Congressional Meetings
The meetings let members of Congress and their staffs hear firsthand about strong support among their constituents for the Baldrige Award, particularly the new nonprofit category, which has been signed into law but not yet funded.
October 18, 2004 ASQ President Thanks Baldrige Legislators
ASQ President Danny Duhan was in Washington on October 8 to thank key legislators for their work in passing legislation to establish a not-for-profit category of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
September 24, 2004 Baldrige Not-for-Profit Bill Passes Senate
Last night the United States Senate passed by unanimous consent H.R. 3389, the bill that establishes a not-for-profit category for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
August 30, 2004 New Watchdog Body Finds Quality Control Problems at Accounting Firms
The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the financial auditing industry regulatory body established in 2002 by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, released its first report Thursday on initial inspections at the four largest public accounting firms in the United States, stating that the board "identified concerns about significant aspects of each firm's quality controls systems."
May 12, 2004 ASQ Submits Statement on NIST Budget to House Science Committee
ASQ has submitted a statement for the record for a hearing held by the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing dealt with budget requests for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including additional funding for a new Baldrige Award not-for-profit category.
February 2004 Baldrige Not-for-Profit Legislation Clears House Committee
Legislation to establish a not-for-profit category for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award cleared the House Science Committee today. The measure was received with bipartisan enthusiasm. Principal sponsors are Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA), and Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS).
November 2003 New Bill Introduced to Expand Baldrige to Nonprofits
On October 29, Representatives Brad Miller (D-NC) and Melissa Hart (R-PA) introduced H.R. 3389 in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would establish the not-for-profit category for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
July 2003 Effort to Expand Baldrige Award Takes Shape
Supporters of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award have recently stepped up efforts to achieve two longstanding goals: Expanding the award to include a not-for-profit category and eliminating the present cap on the number of awards that may be awarded in each category.