The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award was…
- Signed into law (PL 100-107) August 20, 1987 by President Ronald Reagan.
- Named for Secretary of Commerce Malcolm Baldrige, who served in office until his death in 1987.
- Expanded into education and healthcare through law signed by President Clinton on October 30, 1998.
Forty states and twenty-two countries have quality awards based on the U.S. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence.