ASQ President To Testify Before Congress on Baldrige

ASQ’s President David Spong will be testifying before Congress in connection with the proposed Baldrige budget cut for fiscal year 2012 on Friday, March 11.

Spong’s appearance, before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, is a success of ASQ’s Washington, D.C., advocacy efforts. Here’s the link to the written testimony (please log in with your ASQ account or register to view the testimony).

His spoken testimony will be limited to four minutes, so it will be a shortened version of the written testimoney. As best we can tell, his testimony will not be videotaped and the transcript itself will be available in three to four months.

Dr. Spong led two Boeing businesses to Baldrige Award status. Once as a manufacturer in 1988, and the second time as the CEO of a service organization in 2003. He was also the Chair of the NIST “Visiting Committee for Advanced Manufacturing Technology” and former chair of the Baldrige Foundation.

We encourage you to “raise your voice” on the topic of Baldrige and the proposed $2 million budget cut for fiscal year 2012. We’ll be providing instructions for how to contact your congressional representatives in the near future.

Technology makes it easy these days to get yourself heard and we’re working to put software in place to simplify the process of being heard. For the time being, you are welcome to share your point of view with the Secretary of Commerce, the Honorable Gary Locke, TheSec@DOC.gov, or the Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, Patrick Gallagher. Mr. Gallagher is the Director of NIST; Patrick.Gallagher@nist.gov.

Even though President Obama has nominated Secretary Locke to become the Ambassador to China, we think it’s important for the acting or incoming Secretary of Commerce to know that Baldrige is an important topic.

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