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by Fred Jones
Serving the movement of people, products, and services is what the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is all about. Deeply imbedded in the tradition and core values of FHWA is the commitment to providing the highest quality services to our partners and, together with them, delivering the very best highway transportation system to the nation.
Lately, there has been talk about the "quality journey" in FHWA. Quality isn't new in FHWA; we have long been devoted to working with our partners to provide high-quality highway transportation to users and all those affected. And it won't be over, not for a long time, not ever. Getting better - continuous improvement - is always going to be the goal.
The National Highway System is going to provide the future focus for applying quality improvement ideas, practices, approaches, and new technology.
To help us focus on quality, we're going to need a road map for the journey. The principles and guides, proven by their use throughout the public and private sectors in their pursuit of quality, are reflected in the parts of the arrow diagram. It all fits together:
The FHWA Quality Council, established in February 1995, will be a catalyst for quality improvement activities at all levels and in all parts of the agency. The council, which is chaired by the executive director and includes leaders from headquarters and field offices, will:
The quality journey promises to be a great trip for everyone, with opportunities for leadership and satisfaction all around.
FHWA QUALITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Fred Jones is chief of the Information Resources and Analysis Division of FHWA's Office of Information and Management Services. He provides staff coordination support for the Quality Council.
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