GovQA Takes Equity Investment from Frontier Capital

The company, which makes workflow software for the public sector, has taken on an investment partner in order to expand its offerings in areas requiring information exchange such as Freedom of Information Act requests.

GovQA, a company that provides cloud-based Freedom of Information Act, subpoena management, 311 and other kinds of software to state and local government, has taken on an investment partner in Frontier Capital.

The investment, the size of which was not disclosed, will be put toward growing the company's offerings.

“Growing citizen interest has spawned an increase in open records requests under the Freedom of Information Act. As a result, governments across the country are struggling to keep up with the demand in a timely manner,” Greg Pengiel, GovQA's chief technology officer and co-founder, said in a statement. “For GovQA, this led to a market opportunity for a secure exchange and workflow management platform that would allow for compliant fulfillment of public record requests. Now our solution is used by many of the largest U.S. cities, counties, and state agencies and we see a tremendous opportunity to extend our platform into other government fulfillment activities that need to exchange and manage information across multiple systems.”

Aside from building online FOIA portals, GovQA offers software for a variety of functions, including a 311 platform, mobile apps and workflow management for legal holds. According to the statement, it has served nearly 700 state and local government agencies. Its website lists the Texas Department of Insurance, the California Department of Public Health and the Florida Department of Transportation among its customers.

Two representatives of Frontier, Michael Ramich and Tim Bechtold, will be joining GovQA's board.

Ben Miller is the associate editor of data and business for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno, and lives in Sacramento, Calif.
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