Washington Outlook: CAPITAL WRAPUP
BALDRIGE GOES PRIVATE?
The coveted Malcolm Baldrige Awards, administered by the Commerce Dept., may be headed for privatization. The awards have been a hit with business since being established in 1987. But House and Senate GOP budget-balancing plans do away with $3.4 million to administer the program, which honors managerial excellence and technological innovation. Commerce insiders say the awards are so popular that business probably will pick up the tab.EDITED BY OWEN ULLMANN