[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 143 (Tuesday, July 26, 2011)]
[Page 44577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-18886]



National Institute of Standards and Technology

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Panel of Judges

AGENCY: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of 

ACTION: Notice of closed meeting.


SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app., 
notice is hereby given that the Panel of Judges of the Malcolm Baldrige 
National Quality Award will meet on Thursday, September 8, 2011. The 
Panel of Judges is composed of twelve members prominent in the fields 
of quality, innovation, and performance management and appointed by the 
Secretary of Commerce, assembled to advise the Secretary of Commerce on 
the conduct of the Baldrige Award. The purpose of this meeting is to 
review applicant consensus scores and select applicants for site visit 
review. The applications under review by Judges contain trade secrets 
and proprietary commercial information submitted to the Government in 

DATES: The meeting will convene September 8, 2011, at 8 a.m. and 
adjourn at 5 p.m. The entire meeting will be closed.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology, Administration Building, Lecture Room B, 
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Harry Hertz, Director, Baldrige 
Performance Excellence Program, National Institute of Standards and 
Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20899, telephone number (301) 975-

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Assistant Secretary for Administration, 
with the concurrence of the General Counsel, formally determined on 
March 7, 2011, that the meeting of the Judges Panel may be closed in 
accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4) because the meeting is likely to 
disclose trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained 
from a person which is privileged or confidential and 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(9)(B) because for a government agency the meetings are likely 
to disclose information that could significantly frustrate 
implementation of a proposed agency action. The meeting, which involves 
examination of Award applicant data from U.S. companies and other 
organizations and a discussion of these data as compared to the Award 
criteria in order to recommend organizations that will receive site 
visit reviews, may be closed to the public.

    Dated: July 21, 2011.
Charles H. Romine,
Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs.
[FR Doc. 2011-18886 Filed 7-25-11; 8:45 am]