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GovTech: New Facebook App Connects Citizens to Government

Government Technology reported that citizens in Burleson, Texas, now have another way to connect with government. A new Facebook application was developed to make it easier for citizens to report and request services from their local government. The Facebook application is called the Citizen Request Tracker (CRT). Public administrators in Burleson have seen an increase in reports since the release of the application. The City also has an iPhone app to report for citizens to report incidents.

Government Technology quotes Sally Ellertson, the public information officer of Burleson stated,“With our CRT tracking, there is always a response, and always a time frame to get their questions answered,” Ellertson said of citizen requests. “It’s a great way for them to track when they submitted [a request] and what responses they get.

“It’s good for us too, because it shows we contacted the citizen,” she added. “[It’s] two-way communication that keeps us both in check.”

Is your local government using any applications to engage with citizens? Have you seen any increases in reporting incidents? What are some success stories you’ve had?

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Profile Photo Spencer Stern

Hi Pat,

Do you know if these apps are tied to the city’s CRM or work order systems? How do they process these requests to ensure that they do not get in the system.

Spencer

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Profile Photo Patrick Fiorenza

Hey Spencer – Looks like it does based on the quote I found online about the app:

“Once a request is submitted, it’s filtered through the agency’s CRT system, where it’s automatically routed to the appropriate staff and tracked. The citizen receives a confirmation e-mail and can then view the status of their request along with comments posted by staff.

“This goes directly to the [appropriate] person’s inbox and it copies other people along the way,” Chambers said. For example, a police department request would be copied to the responding staff person’s superiors, in case of their absence and to ensure follow-through.”

Here are a couple of cool links that show a little bit more how Citizen Request Tracker App works:

http://www.civicplus.com/index.aspx?NID=565

http://www.civicplus.com/photoview.aspx?PHID=114

http://civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=564

Full link to a article about the app:

http://www.digitalcommunities.com/articles/Big-City-iPhone-App-Comes-to.html

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