The OAS Team Racks Up Awards

by Tara Swords, November 2011

This has been a banner year for the Organization of American States’ IT team. Its new petition and case management system was named to the 2011 Computerworld Honors Program Laureates list, which recognizes the achievements of the men, women, organizations, and institutions around the world whose visionary applications of IT promote positive social, economic, and educational change.

The team also won the 2011 Carl E. Nelson Best Practices Award in the category of midsize organizations, in recognition of innovation among members of the U.S. information management sector.

Finally, the organization was nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Excellence.gov Awards given by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC), a public-private nonprofit that works to advance the business of government through the use of IT.

The success of the system and the accolades it has garnered have generated pride within the organization. That pride was evident the day after the team won its first award. When Juan José Goldschtein, CIO of the Organization of American States, and his team stepped onto the IACHR’s fifth-floor offices, they received quite a reception.

“It never happened to me before,” Goldschtein says. “Everybody—and when I say ‘everybody,’ it means everybody—on the fifth floor was waiting for us to come to the office just because we had got an award.”

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Tara Swords is a freelance writer based in Chicago, Illinois.