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Citizen Engagement Blog

Andrea Katsivelis

Recent Posts by Andrea Katsivelis:

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

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: IVR Open Government Customer Care IVR Security

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

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

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 EBT Fraud Fraud Prevention IVR Business Case Fraud Analytics

Governing Institute Research Part 2: Modernized Contact Centers Help Worker Productivity

Governing Institute’s new study “Citizen Engagement Modernization in the State Contact Center” examines how the modernization of contact centers can both improve citizen engagement and address operational needs. In Part 1 of this post series, we examined how research results identified methods to improve the citizen experience. Now in Part 2, we discuss how research results identify backend modernization needs  that address outdated technology, inefficient processes, and staffing and operational burdens to improve state worker productivity.

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

Governing Institute Research Part 1: Modernized Contact Centers Help Citizen Engagement

New research by the esteemed Governing Institute validates that state governments realize the impact outdated technology and inefficient processes have on citizen engagement and operational burdens. In this post, we examine the research findings that answer how modernizing contact centers can improve citizen engagement. Watch the early findings video, read more, and get the Governing Institute infographic.

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

Government Survey Results: HHS Leaders Address Contact Center Modernization

Now, more than ever, health and human services agencies face a variety of challenges in your efforts to protect and enhance the health and well-being of your constituents. You are under pressure to balance resources and demands while executing your services effectively and efficiently.  

A recent Governing Institute study on Citizen Engagement investigated where state agencies stand on contact center modernization to support their citizen engagement efforts.  HHS leaders were strongly represented in the survey results.  Let's take a look at how they're doing... 

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

State Citizens Expect Better Engagement through Technology Modernization

State modernization initiatives address critical efforts to improve systems, processes and service delivery. Included in the mix is the impact these initiatives have on citizen engagement.

But to what extent is citizen engagement a key focus for state agencies as they address their modernization efforts?  The Governing Institute has released early findings, in coordination with research survey sponsor Contact Solutions (a Verint company,) and answers that question.

Topics: Industry Insights Success Stories

5 Reasons to Modernize Your State Contact Center

To achieve the state of the art in contact centers, government organizations must look beyond the traditional model: reliance on the phone and live agents; on-premises infrastructure; distributed, siloed applications, data sources and security; and cumbersome manual processes.

Topics: Industry Insights Contact Center Insights Cloud IVR FAQ Process Improvement