Government Software

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Since the 1950s, there have been many different versions of government software, for both large and small government offices. As computers matured, and with the development and success of software companies in the 1970s, many highly specialized programs have emerged to fulfill the unique needs of almost any government office or program. Recently, powerful software for use in local and municipal offices has become available, allowing even small offices modern flexibility, efficiency, and organization.

Examples of Municipal Government Software

Two of the main kinds of software that many government offices use are accounting and fund management software and GIS (for Geographic Information Systems) software. Many current versions of accounting and GIS government software programs are also compatible with other smaller program modules, such as programs for voter tracking, asset management, and utility billing. In general, most programs are operable from any of a number of stations, including remote stations that can be connected through the Internet.

Modern fund accounting software can handle many off the functions that once filled offices with paperwork. Users can automatically log revenue and expenditures, and choose to automatically produce many common reports on financial status, activities, or payments. Most software can handle purchase orders as well, and, when used with utility billing programs, can process online bill payments, generate receipts, produce reports, and track usage.

GIS software can handle many kinds of data, placing it in a geographic context. Managing demographic information, permit applications, planning, and zoning information are just a few of the functions of GIS municipal government software. Some versions also allow users to log visual data as well as text and form data and create detailed reference logs, which may be useful for processing violations, claims, and affidavits.


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