Human Capital Institute Member And Education Customer, U.S. Army Ardec, Selected as 2007 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Winner -- First US Department of Defense Organization to win Organizational Performance Award

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The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a professional association and think tank advancing the science of strategic talent management, today announced that one of its members and education customer, the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), was recently presented the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for organizational performance excellence. ARDEC is the first Department of Defense organization to receive this prestigious award.

They understand how to develop and engage their employees to create the collaborative environment needed to be the first Department of Defense branch to be recognized for organizational performance.

The Human Capital Institute (HCI), a professional association and think tank advancing the science of strategic talent management, today announced that one of its members and education customer, the U.S. Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC), was recently presented the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest Presidential honor for organizational performance excellence. ARDEC is the first Department of Defense organization to receive this prestigious award.

Established in 1987 and presented annually by the President of the United States, the Baldrige Award acknowledges businesses, education, health care and nonprofit organizations. They are judged to be outstanding in seven key areas: leadership; strategic planning; customer and market focus; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; human resource focus; process management; and results.

The recipient for many awards, ARDEC is an organization dedicated to providing its ultimate customer, the war fighter, the most effective products found anywhere in the world.

Highlights of ARDEC's award include increasing non-Army revenue from $60 million to $140 million in six years and creating over 20 highly-innovative new products. In addition, ARDEC's workforce engagement is over 84 percent and job satisfaction increased to 92 percent in 2007 exceeding government productivity and quality benchmarks. Diversity for scientists and engineers has increased in six of eight target groups from 2005 to 2007 with several exceeding the National Science Foundation benchmark.

A Human Capital Institute member and education customer since 2006, HCI is working with the ARDEC human capital management office to improve talent management practices throughout the organization. In addition to 16 cross-functional ARDEC leaders receiving their Human Capital Strategist (HCS™) designations, HCI is providing over 200 ARDEC managers skills training to acquire, develop, and retain employees – a key component of the Malcolm Baldrige award nomination.

"The HCI team continues to be impressed by the caliber of talent leaders at ARDEC," stated David Forman, HCI's Chief Learning Officer. "They understand how to develop and engage their employees to create the collaborative environment needed to be the first Department of Defense branch to be recognized for organizational performance." In addition, ARDEC's Chief Human Capital Officer, Dr. Joe King Ph.D, added, "Our workforce engagement initiatives are thriving. HCI's education curriculum will continue to provide the framework we need to expand award-winning talent management programs."

Dr. King and other ARDEC officials now will prepare to accept the award at a ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C. in early 2008.

U.S. ARMY ARDEC:
The center, the Army's principal researcher, developer and sustainer of current and future military armaments systems, is focused in particular on developing and improving the technical capabilities of U.S. service members fighting the Global War on Terrorism. Headquartered in Picatinny, New Jersey, the center employs more than 3,000 personnel at its five different locations in the U.S. For more information, please visit: http://www.pica.army.mil/PicatinnyPublic/organizations/ardec/index.asp

HUMAN CAPITAL INSTITUTE:
The Human Capital Institute is a global think tank, educator, and professional association. HCI provides executives, line managers and human capital professionals with education, tools and best practices to attract and retain talent, build a diverse and inclusive workplace, and leverage individual and team performance. Through research and collaboration, HCI programs collect ideas from thought leaders in talent management and transform them into measurable, realworld strategies. HCI has over 102,000 members in over 40 countries. Humancapitalinstitute.org

THE MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARDS:
Named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, the Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987 to enhance the competitiveness and performance of U.S. businesses and expanded in 1998 to include education and health care. In 2007, non-profit organizations, including charities, trade and professional associations, and government agencies, will be eligible to receive a Baldrige Award. The award promotes excellence in organizational performance, recognizes the achievements and results of U.S. organizations, and publicizes successful performance strategies. The award may be presented to five types of organizations: manufacturers, service companies, small businesses, education organizations and health care organizations. The award is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 72 organizations have received Baldrige Awards. The Baldrige program is managed by NIST in conjunction with the private sector. As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's Technology Administration, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. More information on the Malcolm Baldrige Award can be found at http://www.quality.nist.gov .

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