Last week, Chris LaHatte made submissions to a New Zealand Parliamentary select committee on the use of the word 'ombudsman' and the more appropriate gender free term 'ombuds.' His submission also outlined how his work as an Organizational Ombuds differs from the original Parliamentary Ombudsman scheme in New Zealand.
He observed that, "It is regrettable that no consideration appears to have been made of the criteria in the IOA standards to set up an ombudsman office." LaHatte is the Ombudsman for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and blogs regularly about the profession. (LaHatte Blog.)
Related posts: Sexual Harassment Claim Against ICANN Draws in Ombuds; New Ombuds Blogger: Chris LaHatte; Ombuds Blogger Chris LeHatte on Restorative Justice.