- Legislative monitoring features
- Global search of documents
- Built-in “government” relationship manager
- Mobile application only for iPhone
- Overwhelming at first (universal issue)
- No external integrations with CRMs
Featuring products for Congressional members, staff, lobbyists, and stakeholders, GovPredict’s capabilities are matched by only a few competing firms, like Quorum Analytics. Offering a platform built with industry standard tools, GovPredict is a top-of-the-line product commonly used by Congressional members and their staff.
Full-dive legislative monitoring
One of GovPredict’s flagship services is its federal legislative monitoring tool. Developed with a series of processes and outcomes in mind, the platform offers a “full-dive” into the history of proposed legislation. With this tool, the process–from committee to the final floor vote–is tracked in real-time while featuring all additional documentation surrounding the bill as an appendage.
Estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, committee reports, markups proposed, attached amendments, and past votes are all tracked in GovPredict. In some capacity, you can say that GovPredict took Congress.gov’s bill search tools and loaded it into a unified dashboard. The legislative monitoring platform also tracks stakeholder organizations and special interest groups siding with or against a particular bill, while showing a history of similar bills from a database of drafts that go back an entire decade.
Find the right cosponsors
GovPredict claims its technology can provide members and their advisors with “uncannily accurate suggestions” about which legislators they should approach for cosponsoring certain legislation. Known as Cosponsor Oracle, the technology, and back-end algorithms that GovPredict has developed, provide predictive recommendations on who would cosponsor a particular bill. The tool sifts through a member’s cosponsorship history, voting records, issue positions, thousands of datasets, and a trove of documents. With that information, it runs the contents and subject matter of a proposed bill against passed legislation to determine who in your caucus, or across the aisle, is likely to support a particular proposal.
On the mobile front, GovPredict takes pride in its iPhone application that packages the main functions of the website into a pocket-sized repository of vital data. Being used an average of 20 minutes per day by its users (according to the company), the GovPredict mobile app features a full list of voting history, member data, the GRM, and other key information. The current iteration of the app, version 1.6.0, was released on March 28, 2018. During our demo, CEO Emil Pitkin mentioned a that an Android version of the app is due to release soon.
The CRM, emails, integrations, and onboarding
GovPredict has a basic CRM that’s intended to track interactions with government officials, fellow members, staffers, and lobbyists. By recording meeting and interactions, the “government” relationship management platform is fully customizable and can be shared among staff.
GovPredict revealed the capability to integrate with any external CRM or government focused SaaS tool at the request of clients; however, they don’t advertise any major partnerships or integrations with popular platforms. Internal email blasts are available while a built-in drag and drop visual editor and email tracking system can be deployed.
New users could become overwhelmed, given the thousands of actions and activities in the GP dashboard. Resolution of this knowledge gap crisis can be solved through training sessions. More or less, this is a universal issue cross-platform; however, it still is notable to mention.
Enterprise pricing options are available and are addressed on a consultative basis meaning that enterprise deployments of GovPredict come at customized prices. However, Congressional offices are charged $3,000 annually per office.
What we think
GovPredict is a premium product at an affordable price. Impressively, Pitkin’s firm has excelled at producing a legislative monitoring and information repository that’s constantly changing. Despite a period of overwhelming onboarding, GovPredict is a user-friendly experience that could be a premium addition to any office’s tech stack.