California's Welfare Client Data Systems (WCDS) Consortium, made up of 18 counties, was recognized today as one of CIO magazine's 2008 CIO 100 award honorees for information technology (IT) excellence. The award program, now in its 21st year, acknowledges organizations worldwide that exemplify the highest level of IT operational and strategic excellence.

The WCDS consortium and EDS, an HP company, its technology partner, were honored for the joint development and implementation of a modern IT solution that efficiently administers public assistance programs for their respective communities. The solution, an application called the CalWorks Information Network (CalWIN), handles millions of transactions per day and serves a user base of more than 30,000 county employees at more than 850 locations.

"We are truly honored to be selected by CIO Magazine for IT excellence. This award honors the tremendous efforts of our Consortium Counties, WCDS staff, and our vendor partner EDS, who have worked diligently to develop a product that best assists our counties in serving their community's needs," said WCDS Executive Director Bob Hendricks.

"EDS is proud to be part of this winning team and the collaborative effort of the consortium and its member counties in developing the CalWIN solution," said Barbara Anderson, vice president, government health and human services, EDS.

"CalWIN is a remarkable success, not only for WCDS and EDS, but for the millions of Californians who are served by the system every day," she added.


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