New Federal Government Meeting Services Introduced to Open Government & Drive Citizen Participation

Granicus just released it’s new Federal Meeting Services to help agencies across all branches of federal government achieve significant transparency and citizen participation results. The new services will enable federal agencies to take advantage of cloud computing, webcasting, and other new media tools to align with heightened technology standards set by President Obama’s Open Government Directive.

Nine federal agencies and advisory committees already rely on Granicus to create an unprecedented level of openness and accountability in meetings regulated under open meeting laws such as the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Some of these agencies include the National Science Foundation, U.S. Access Board, National Archives and Records Administration, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The GSA is working diligently to help federal government decision makers take open government to the next level,” said Flaak. “Webcasting open meetings and using tools that allow citizens to conveniently access, research, share, and participate in government decision-making and deliberations whenever and wherever they want, is a critical next step to expanding transparency. We believe services like Granicus’ are fundamental to helping the federal government achieve this goal.”

These Federal Meeting Services include:
• Live Event Webcasting
• Keyword Searchable Archives
• On-Premise Video Production
• Closed Captioning Services
• Agenda and Minutes Automation
• Official Transcripts of Proceedings
• Seamless Website Integration
• Citizen Feedback and Analysis

“We’ve had the exciting opportunity to work with a number of agencies and advisory committees to shape our federal meeting services. Our goal was to remove any obstacles preventing federal agencies from getting open meetings online in the most transparent and accessible formats for citizens.” said Thao Hill, VP of Enterprise Solutions, Granicus Inc. “We provide government with more than just a webcast, we deliver a comprehensive, integrated, and searchable public record of open government data that’s incredibly useful to the public.”

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