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Kofile Spins Out New Company, GovOS, for Digital Services

GovOS will start with six products aimed at helping local governments set up online alternatives to paper-based processes and services, allowing Kofile to maintain its focus on digitizing public records.

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Citing quickly evolving expectations for how citizens interact with government, the software company Kofile is launching a new subsidiary, GovOS, focused entirely on converting paper-based processes to online services.

According to a news release this week, GovOS will start with six products — Records, Access, Licenses, Studio, Community and Workforce — and be managed by Kofile Chief Revenue Officer Kevin Lafeber. The announcement comes four months after the company acquisition of SeamlessDocs, which Kofile CEO Michael Crosno said at the time was about adding digital services and processes to Kofile’s domain of expertise, which up to that point had been preserving and digitizing official government records. The news release said the new subsidiary will allow Kofile to remain focused on that work, mentioning six services by name: restoration, preservation, imaging, enhancement, indexing and storage.

Crosno reiterated in a public statement this week that launching a new company, focused on converting old paper and in-office work to online documents and workflows, was about meeting customer demand.

“We talk often about a customer-centric obsession here at Kofile, and how we can transform the way people experience local government through services and software,” he said. “(GovOS) underscores our commitment to helping governments scale their digital offerings, and ensures that we align our time and monetary investments with projects that will achieve the best outcomes for our customers.”

Founded in 2009 and headquartered in Dallas, Kofile counts more than 3,000 local government customers and 225 million documents digitized. The investment firm Audax Private Equity acquired Kofile in January 2020.