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2/12/04

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NOAA HONORED WITH WORKPLACE EXCELLENCE SEAL OF APPROVAL

The Commerce Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has been recognized by the Maryland Work-Life Alliance with its Workplace Excellence Seal of Approval.

The award is given to members of the Maryland business community “dedicated to establishing a workplace culture that allows today’s workforce to achieve success at work, at home, and in the community.”

The 52 Maryland employers receiving the awards for 2003 have met stringent standards and were reviewed by a panel of professors from University of Maryland, Johns-Hopkins University, and George Washington University, as well as Master’s level students in business organization and human resources.

“NOAA is committed to providing a full spectrum of workplace flexibilities to its employees—the NOAA family,” said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, PhD, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. “Since 1994, we’ve promoted alternate work schedules, which have ultimately developed into cutting edge practices, such as telework. NOAA recognizes the importance of personal satisfaction as it impacts professional morale and offers such opportunities as health seminars, onsite daycare, a fitness center, and Take Our Daughters/Sons to Work day.”

The award will be presented at a February 13th ceremony at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.

The Maryland Work-Life Alliance, headquartered in Rockville, Md., is a public, private, nonprofit coalition committed to empowering employers across the state to create and become recognized as “Excellent Places To Work.”

NOAA is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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