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Editor: Michael Baum
Date created: November 20, 2013
Date Modified: November 20, 2013 
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NIST to Announce Results of Study of 2011 Joplin, Mo., Tornado Disaster

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Destruction caused by the Joplin, Missouri, tornado that struck on May 22, 2011 causing 161 fatalities and more than 1,000 injuries. The tornado was the deadliest single tornado since official U.S. recordkeeping began in 1950.
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On May 22, 2011, a massive tornado struck Joplin, Mo., destroying some 8,000 structures in its path and killing 161 people. It was the single deadliest tornado in the United States in the 63 years that official records have been kept. On Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a press briefing to announce the findings of its investigation into impacts of the tornado in Joplin. The report, which will be made available for public comment, includes findings on building design and construction, public shelters and emergency communications, as well as recommendations for saving lives and property in future storms.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. Visit www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies/weather/joplin-event-112113.cfm for information on how to view the live webcast.

The Joplin tornado investigation builds on a partnership between the agency's Disaster and Failure Studies Program and the interagency National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program. For more information on the Joplin investigation, and NIST's 40-plus years of experience studying structural failures and fires, visit www.nist.gov/el/disasterstudies.

Media Contact: Michael E. Newman, michael.newman@nist.gov, 301-975-3025

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Three Organizations Selected for 2013 Baldrige Awards

On November 13, 2013, two hospitals and a small Wisconsin school district joined an elite club of organizations: winners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The award is the nation's highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

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The Pewaukee School District (PSD), one of three 2013 Baldrige award winners, is the smallest K-12 educational system in Waukesha County, Wis., with an enrollment of 2,760 students.
Courtesy of Pewaukee School District

The 2013 Baldrige Award recipients include the Pewaukee School District (Pewaukee, Wis.), Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano (Plano, Texas)* and Sutter Davis Hospital (Davis, Calif.). They were selected from a field of 22 applicants that were evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results.

An organization may compete for the award in one of six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies). 

To date, more than 1,500 U.S. organizations have applied for the Baldrige Award, and there are Baldrige-based award programs in nearly all 50 states. Internationally, the program has served as a model for nearly 100 excellence programs. Thousands of organizations worldwide use the Baldrige Criteria to guide their operations, improve performance and get sustainable results. This proven improvement and innovation framework offers organizations an integrated approach to key management areas. The criteria are regularly updated to reflect the leading edge of validated management practice.

The Baldrige judges also recognize best practices in one or more of the Baldrige Criteria categories by organizations that are candidates for the award but are not selected as a winner. This year, the judges have chosen to honor two health care organizations for their best practices in the leadership criterion, Duke University Hospital, (Durham, N.C.) and Hill Country Memorial, (Fredericksburg, Texas). 

The 2013 Baldrige Award will be presented at an April 2014 ceremony during the Quest for Excellence conference in Baltimore, Md.

For more on the 2013 Baldrige awards, see the NIST news story, "Three U.S. Organizations Honored with the 2013 Baldrige National Quality Award" at www.nist.gov/baldrige/baldrige_recipients2013.cfm.

*Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano withdrew from the Baldrige Award process in Feb. 2014. A statement from Baylor is available here.

Media Contact: Michael E. Newman, michael.newman@nist.gov, 301-975-3025

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Public Comment Requested for Manufacturing Network's Suggested Metrics, IP Guidelines

The federal interagency Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) has issued for public comment draft performance metrics and intellectual-property-management guidelines for President Obama's proposed National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI).

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Inside the Youngstown facility of America Makes (the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute) visitors will find additive manufacturing and 3D printing equipment along with examples of items being made with this technology.
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The draft metrics for the NNMI* are intended to be used in evaluating how effectively the network's planned Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation meet their performance objectives. Metrics are suggested in six performance areas: impact, industry value, education and workforce development, portfolio, financial, and network contribution.

The draft guidelines on intellectual-property rights** address the primary legal issues that the institutes will confront in managing inventions that result from institute-enabled work. It covers three levels of intellectual-property concerns: project-specific, institute rights, and government rights and interests. The draft guidelines are intended to provide flexibility to the institutes in designing their intellectual-property-management plans.

Finalized performance metrics and intellectual-property guidelines would apply to the NNMI and its institutes once the necessary legislation has been enacted.

Published in the Federal Register, the full request for public review and comment on the two draft publications is available at https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-27157. Due on Dec. 13, 2013, comments on each document should be submitted separately.

In his budget for fiscal year 2014, the President proposes creating a network of up to 15 regional Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation. Funded by a proposed one-time, $1 billion investment, the NNMI will focus on enabling public-private collaborations that close the gap between research and development and the deployment of technological innovations in domestic production, with the aim of spurring economic growth.

To jumpstart the network, existing funds from four federal agencies were used to launch in August 2012 a pilot institute: the National Additive Manufacturing Institute, headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio. Building off the success of the pilot, the President announced in May 2013 competitions to create three new innovation institutes. Still under way, the competitions will establish institutes focused on digital manufacturing and design, lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, and wide bandgap semiconductor power electronic devices.

Hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the AMNPO is composed of federal agencies with manufacturing-related missions.

Links:
Federal Register notice: https://federalregister.gov/a/2013-27157
NNMI: http://manufacturing.gov/nnmi.html
National Additive Manufacturing Institute: https://americamakes.us/
DOD manufacturing institutes in the NNMI: http://manufacturing.gov/dod-led_institutes.html
DOE manufacturing institutes in the NNMI: http://manufacturing.gov/doe-led_institutes.html

*DRAFT Institute Performance Metrics for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is available at: http://manufacturing.gov/docs/nnmi_draft_performance.pdf
**DRAFT Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation is available at: http://www.manufacturing.gov/docs/nnmi_draft_ip.pdf

Media Contact: Mark Bello, mark.bello@nist.gov, 301-975-3776

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2014 Baldrige Award in Your Future? Time to Apply!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. Organizations can apply for awards in three business sectors—manufacturing, small business and service—along with health care, education and nonprofit (including government agencies).

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Forms and guidance for applying for the 2014 Baldrige Award are now available from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) at www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/how_to_apply.cfm.

All applicants will be evaluated rigorously by an independent board of examiners in seven areas defined by the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence: leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; operations focus; and results. To purchase the 2013-2014 Criteria, go to www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications/criteria.cfm.

For the 2014 award cycle, the BPEP has eliminated a former limit on the number of subunits of an organization that may apply within the same year. In previous competitions, this limit was based on the size of the parent organization’s workforce. The lifting of this restriction enables multiple subunits to apply for the award in the same year if the parent organization is not applying and neither the organization nor the subunit has received the Baldrige Award within the past five years.

All other award eligibility rules—including the requirement that applicants, with few exceptions, must have received top-level recognition from an Alliance for Performance Excellence member program before seeking the national honor—remain in effect for 2014. The alliance is a body made up of more than 30 state, local, regional and sector-specific Baldrige-based programs serving nearly all of the United States. To determine whether or not an organization is qualified to compete for the Baldrige Award, go to www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/eligible.cfm.

Good news for all organizations is that application fees for the 2014 Baldrige Award cycle will remain at 2013 levels. The fees, which were established based on benchmarks of other national quality programs, are listed at www.nist.gov/baldrige/enter/award_fees.cfm.

Applicants for the 2014 award must submit eligibility forms to the BPEP by April 1, 2014 (February 18 if also submitting a nomination to the Board of Examiners). Application forms are due by May 13, 2014 (April 29 if submitting on CD only).

The Baldrige Award was established by Congress in 1987. The BPEP is managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in cooperation with the private sector. The Baldrige Award is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 102 Baldrige Awards have been presented to 96 organizations (with six repeat winners).

For more information on the BPEP and the Baldrige Award, see www.nist.gov/baldrige. For assistance with applying for the 2014 award, call the Award Process Hotline at 1-877-237-9064, option 3.

Media Contact: Michael E. Newman, michael.newman@nist.gov, 301-975-3025

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Fangmeyer Named New Baldrige Program Director

Robert (Bob) Fangmeyer, deputy director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has been selected to be the program’s new director. He will be only the third director to lead the BPEP since its establishment by Congress in 1987. Fangmeyer has served as acting director since his predecessor, Harry Hertz, retired in June, 2013.

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Bob Fangmeyer has been selected as the new director of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, the third since its establishment by Congress in 1987.
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Fangmeyer started with the BPEP in 1997, holding multiple positions that increased in scope and responsibility over time: staff member, supervisory business specialist, team leader, senior staff-program analyst, deputy director and acting director. He has played a leading role in the development of the Baldrige Criteria, the creation of the program’s executive fellows program, and in Baldrige international activities. Fangmeyer has helped lead the Baldrige Program’s efforts to transform its business model, business plan and organizational relationships as the program has transitioned over the past year to be fully funded by the private sector. He also has represented the program as a speaker at national and international events, and is the primary liaison to the network of Baldrige-based state and local award programs.

Prior to the BPEP, Fangmeyer worked for six years as a human resources specialist in NIST’s Office of Workforce Management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Villanova University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

BPEP is managed by NIST in cooperation with the private sector. The program raises awareness about the importance of performance excellence in driving the U.S. and global economy; provides organizational assessment tools and criteria; educates leaders in all types of organizations about the practices of national role models; and recognizes them with the Baldrige Award in six categories: manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education and nonprofit. BPEP also is a partner in the Baldrige Enterprise, which includes the private-sector Baldrige Foundation, the Alliance for Performance Excellence—a body made up of the 33-plus state, local, regional and sector-specific Baldrige-based programs serving nearly all 50 states; and ASQ, an international organization promoting quality.

Thousands of organizations worldwide use the Baldrige Criteria to guide their operations, improve performance and get sustainable results. This proven improvement and innovation framework offers organizations an integrated approach to key management areas. The criteria are regularly updated to reflect the best practices from the latest validated management techniques.

The Baldrige Award, named after Malcolm Baldrige, the 26th Secretary of Commerce, is not given for specific products or services. Since 1988, 96 organizations have received the award.

For more information, go to www.nist.gov/baldrige.

Media Contact: Michael E. Newman, michael.newman@nist.gov, 301-975-3025

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Comments on Updated Guidance for Role-Based IT Security Training for Federal Employees Requested by Nov. 30

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is requesting comments on its updated draft publication on information technology and cybersecurity role-based training for federal organizations.

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A Role-Based Model for Federal Information Technology/Cyber Security Training* is designed to provide a comprehensive and flexible methodology for developing training courses or modules for personnel who have been identified as having significant information technology or cyber security responsibilities within federal organizations.

It is important that each federal employee or contractor that owns, uses, relies on, or manages information and information systems —including all computer users—understands their specific information security responsibilities.  

The 30-day comment period for the draft of A Role-Based Model for Federal Information Technology/Cyber Security Training ends November 30, 2013. Please send comments to SP80016-comments@nist.gov with the subject "Comments NIST SP 800-16."

*A Role-Based Model for Federal Information Technology/Cyber Security Training, Special Publication 800-16 Revision 1 (2nd Public Draft) is available at http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-16-rev1/draft_sp800_16_rev1_2nd-draft.pdf.

Media Contact: Evelyn Brown, evelyn.brown@nist.gov, 301-975-5661

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