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Citizen Engagement Blog

Government Podcast: Knocking out the Government Program Fraudster

Identifying and stopping fraud in the contact center is not a one-two punch. It takes intelligence and action combined in a thoughtful manner that critically monitors and detects the good from the bad, in real time and over time, depending on your needs and goals.

As we dig deeper into fraud attacks, so too does the story expand to a beneficial conclusion…for your citizens and government, that is. Dean D’Adamo, of Contact Solutions a Verint Company, challenges you to be the knock-out champion in the war against fraud. 

Topics: IVR Security Fraud Prevention Government customer service

Government Podcast: The Deeper Contact Center Impact of Cyber Attacks

Fraudsters are tricky fellows, and it only takes a few good ones to establish a fruitful and steady flow of criminal activity against your citizens. Unfortunately we know more than a few are lurking in not so obvious places. Dean D’Adamo, of Contact Solutions a Verint Company, addresses the profound effect that fraudulent activities have on your government programs, and steps you can take to stop them in their tracks.

Topics: IVR Security Fraud Prevention Government customer service

Government Podcast: Following Cyber Attacks to the Contact Center

Cyber crimes are a hot topic for a reason. They impact millions of citizens, organizations and public trust. But the crimes don’t stop there, as the money flows – and the plethora of valuable information – the bad guys and gals are hot on its trails. In this podcast, Dean D’Adamo, Senior Director, Government at Contact Solutions a Verint Company, provides insights into cyber attacks in the contact center.

Topics: IVR Security Fraud Prevention Government customer service

IVR as a Shared Service Improves Citizen CX and Government Modernization Efforts

Federal, State and Local governments are promoting shared services to check some critical boxes:

  • Saving money by taking greater advantage of existing IT resources
  • Improving citizen customer service with limited resources
  • Reducing redundancy from multiple distributed and duplicative IT functions
  • Taking the next step in IT optimization, which began with datacenter consolidation
  • Supporting the move from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud

Take stock of shared service options and benefits to increase citizen customer service efficiencies. These facts and proof points will help.

Topics: Industry Insights Service Delivery IVR Business Case Customer Experience Open Government Process Improvement Human Services IVR Government customer service citizen customer service

GovTech Recap: What Priorities City and County Government CIOs Have in Common

This week, large city and county CIOs and CTOs came together at the Government Technology (GovTech) Digital Communities Large City/County Fly-In hosted by the Washington D.C. CTO, Archana Vemulapalli, and her team. Important and common government priorities being discussed included: IoT governance, identity and security management, government workforce and technology opportunities.

As a technology sponsor of this event, we were invited to join the discussion and learn from technology leaders from some of the top cities and counties in the U.S. As COO at Contact Solutions, a Verint Company, I was privileged to have deeper discussions with many city and county leaders, along with our Operations Analyst, Christina Mero, and offer these timely collective insights. 

Topics: Industry Insights Process Improvement Contact Center Insights IVR Government customer service

Customer Service Challenges with an Aging Government Workforce


Population aging has been called the “silver tsunami,” as cited in the Pew Internet Project’s 2001 “Wired Seniors” report, which was a catalyst early warning sign of things to come. Now, it appears the wave of Baby Boomer retirements from the government is about to hit.

While this retirement juggernaut was originally supposed to crest in 2011, many public sector employees delayed their exit due to the economic effects of the recession. Currently, 2017 is the target year. Are you ready?

Topics: Customer Experience Process Improvement Contact Center Insights IVR Government customer service

IVR Drives CX Enhancements for Large Municipal Transportation Authority

Transportation depends on fast customer service to serve citizens on-the-go. Today we announced our latest implementation of voice self-service and speech technology implented to solve government and citizen needs.  This new contract introduces IVR self-service to a large initiative to support its modernization goals to bring:

  • Better customer service
  • Improved customer experience (CX)
  • Secure, improved way to interact with common transportation interactions

Read the full press release to learn more.

Topics: Customer Care IVR Security Open Government IVR

Voice Self-Service: a Vital Channel for Government Contact Centers

With the need for more personalized and secure customer service on the rise, right along with the rise in costs and complexities of managing a contact center, government agencies have to be as smart as possible when contracting and managing technology projects. A dynamic IVR is one way to beat the budget vs. customer experience challenge for public sector customer service. Even Millennials would agree.

In a previous blog post about modernizing state contact centers, we encouraged government agencies to introduce digital engagement opportunities via web, mobile web, and mobile apps as part of their contact center modernization efforts. But that doesn’t mean agencies should dismiss or downplay traditional phone calls. Here’s why:

Topics: Industry Insights Customer Care IVR Security Open Government Contact Center Insights IVR

Government Customer Service Under the New Presidency

While the world watches as Donald Trump is inaugurated as the President of the United States, many government administrations and programs wait in limbo. What will this mean for citizen services, state of customer service in the near future, and frankly, your job?  Citizens will always need customer service, and agencies will always need affordable, effective options to solve citizen needs.  Technology modernization is a critical component of that future outlook.

Topics: Customer Engagement Industry Insights Open Government Contact Center Insights Human Services

Highlights on Fraud Prevention from the EBT Next Gen Conference

At the recent EBT Next Gen Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL over 300 EBT stakeholders came together at this annual event to address the latest issues, concerns and regulations facing government EBT card programs, and fraud identification and governance played a prominent role in that discussion.

Fraud tracking and prevention was a particular focus at the Plenary Session: Front Page Focus-issues and concerns facing the EBT Industry.  Four distinguished panelists from state, vendor, consulting, and advocacy organizations participated to delve deeper.

Topics: IVR Security IVR Business Case Fraud Prevention EBT Fraud Fraud Analytics