Blue Water Media Wins IMA Outstanding Achievement Award for Office of Inspector General U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Website
The Visually Appealing and Intuitively Structured Website Makes it Easier for The US HHS Office of Inspector General to Help Engaged Citizens Report Fraud.
Washington D.C. (August, 2011) –D.C. area Web Design Firm, Blue Water Media, has taken home the 2011 Interactive Media Outstanding Achievement award for their work on the Office of Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services Site. The prestigious award bureau took into consideration the design, content, feature functionalities, usability, standards compliance and cross-browser-compatibility when bestowing the honor to http://oig.hhs.gov/. The website’s recent success serves as a prime example of the growing importance of, and need for, technology and web development in the government sphere.
To win an IMA Award, entries must successfully pass through a comprehensive rating system. IMA judges utilize a points-based scoring system which allows each entry to receive a maximum of 500 points. By adhering to the specific guidelines and criteria of this system, judges are able to maintain the highest degree of fairness, accuracy and integrity; competently and effectively evaluate entries; and, deliver clear results. The OIG HHS website achieved an overall score of 469 out of 500 under the category 'Government'. The website received a 93/100 in Design, a 97/100 in content, a 97/100 in feature functionality, a 92/100 in Usability, and a 90/100 in Standards Compliance and Cross-Browser Compatibility.
“The Outstanding Achievement award is an extremely challenging award to win. The US HHS Office of Inspector General website has excelled in all areas of our judging criteria and represents a very high standard of planning, execution and overall professionalism,” writes Aaron Warner of Interactive Media Awards Nominations Support Services.
The award recognizes that the website’s intuitive navigation, streamlined content and successful social media integration will ensure that the OIG more aptly develops and distributes resources and information to assist the health care industry in their efforts to comply with the Nation's fraud and abuse laws. It also notes how the improvements will make it easier for OIG to educate the public about fraudulent schemes so they can protect themselves and report suspicious activities.
About the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General
Since its 1976 establishment, the OIG has been at the forefront of the Nation's efforts to fight waste, fraud and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 300 other HHS programs. The HHS OIG is the largest inspector general's office in the Federal Government, with more than 1,700 employees dedicated to combating fraud, waste and abuse and to improving the efficiency of HHS programs. A majority of the OIG's resources goes toward the oversight of Medicare and Medicaid — programs that represent a significant part of the Federal budget and that affect this country's most vulnerable citizens. The OIG's oversight extends to other HHS programs, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.
About Blue Water Media
Blue Water Media is an award-winning information technology, web design, and marketing interactive agency based in Washington, D.C. with offices in New York and San Francisco. Blue Water Media provides full lifecycle support for digital initiatives including custom web & software development, website design, hosting, 508 compliance and ongoing site maintenance for local and national clients. Leveraging cutting edge web design techniques, flexible open source software applications, emerging technologies, and integrated marketing campaigns, Blue Water Media offers a turnkey approach to attaining online success. For more information, please visit: http://www.bluewatermedia.com