OpenGov Glossary

The Complete List Of Terms & Topics For Local Government Software

GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE TERMS & MEANINGS

Procurement. Budgeting & forecasting. Workflow automation. Performance reporting. Budget books. Community engagement.

Local government leaders live in a world full of complicated terminology. To help you get a handle on all the terms, we’ve compiled a comprehensive glossary with definitions and helpful links. You might want to bookmark this page for future reference!

Local government accounting software is used by public institutions and agencies within states, counties, municipalities, and special districts to record and report how funds are used and managed. Also known as fund accounting software, local government accounting software creates financial statements and balance sheets for each department, integrating budgeting, receipting, payroll management, and billing, among other applications…

Government budget software is designed to meet the unique needs of local government and the public sector, specifically with forecasting and multi-fund accounting. Governments can’t lean on typical business budgeting and forecasting software because it fails to handle the intricacies and granularities of government financial planning, which includes the process of breaking down budget revenues, expenses, and actuals by department…

Local, municipal, and state governments must be able to track performance on an ongoing basis for initiatives and the money that drives them. Government performance management software is a tool that creates reports and tracks analytics on financial and non-financial metrics in order to improve government performance and efficiency… 

Serving the public sector, public administration leaders work behind-the-scenes to evaluate the performance of officials and departments, implement policy, leverage resources, and serve citizens as successfully as possible.

While best practices in public administration have advanced over the years, the technologies needed to implement them more efficiently with less manual labor have evolved only gradually, hindering the efforts of what our team at OpenGov calls Smart Government, i.e., governments that integrate modern technology into day-to-day operations…

Online civic engagement refers to the act of stakeholders—such as individuals, businesses, and organizations—identifying and addressing issues of public concern using digital tools accessible by state, local, or municipal government entities (and adopted by them for this very purpose) …