SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2014) - Granicus, the leading cloud platform provider for government transparency, efficiency, and civic engagement today announced the beta release of its new Boards & Commissions app designed to help government agencies easily manage government body appointments, vacancies, and citizen applications online. This new product brings new features that will significantly benefit the 13,890 governing bodies and 12,356 commissions that are currently using Granicus solutions.
"The response from our clients to this Beta release has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly in government executive and clerk offices," said Tom Spengler, CEO and Co-Founder of Granicus. "Using our app, mayoral and clerical staff members no longer have to use paper to manually track boards and commissions position vacancies or in-bound citizen applications because we've automated this process online from start to finish. The return on investment for government agencies is significant," added Spengler.
Traditionally, the average clerk's office must manage over 600 current appointments per year. Tracking vacancies, recruiting, and managing the application process requires hundreds of hours of staff time due to cumbersome and inefficient workflows that are dependent upon a lot of paper, email, spreadsheets, multiple systems, and phone calls.
"For the first time, we've brought the entire workflow for managing appointed board members and filling vacancies online. This will bring a much deeper set of efficiency and transparency tools for the hundreds of thousands of citizen appoints in the government space," said Dan Melton, Deputy CTO of Granicus. "Agencies can easily publish open vacancies online, recruit applicants over social networks, and manage and track applications without hassle. The process can also seamlessly connect with governments' agenda preparation and public meeting process. No competing applications have been built with the same level of ease-of-use or administrative effectiveness as the Granicus Boards & Commissions app," added Melton.
Here is an overview of some of the key features included in the beta release:
- Easily publish and promote open vacancies across government websites and social networks
- Customize the citizen application design template and leverage a seamless integration to any government website
- Filter qualified candidates using simple and effective search tools
- Auto-generate communications and follow up for all steps of the application & appointment process
- Intelligent dashboard for monitoring terms and vacancies with a built-in alert system
- Integrates seamlessly with Granicus' Legislative Management toolset
Granicus is the industry's leading cloud platform provider of government transparency, efficiency, and citizen participation solutions. Thousands of government agencies use our solutions to establish meaningful connections with citizens -- online, over social networks, and mobile devices. They also depend on us to automate workflows and reduce operational costs across their organization. Granicus has been recognized the past four years for being one of the fastest growing company private companies in the U.S., San Francisco, and the Silicon Valley by Deloitte LLP, the San Francisco Business Times, and Inc. Magazine.