Contact Centers

Resources on Contact Centers

  • Fifteen Plays of Our Contact Center Approach

    Following relevant laws, policies, and guidance, the Contact Center Center of Excellence (CoE) developed a 15-play Playbook for federal agencies that are looking to modernize and optimize their contact centers. While not every play will apply to your agency, these plays will get you started.

  • Tips for Starting Your Customer Experience Journey

    Low-cost, low-lift actions that any federal employee can take to improve customer experience.

  • Contact Center Operation and Management

    Many things can impact the service quality, economics, and sustainability of your government contact center. This section provides insight on various aspects of operating and managing a contact center to help you improve its performance.

  • Contact Center Technologies

    A contact center is supported by many technologies designed to enhance the customer experience, improve the operating and management efficiency, or lower the overall costs of running a contact center.

  • Getting Started with your Contact Center

    This guide provides you with the information to get a governement contact center started

  • Contact Center Guidelines

    The Contact Center is no longer viewed as only a center to receive complaints, but as a valued operation in an agency’s strategy to deliver a quality customer experience.

Tools and Services

  • USAGov and USAGov en Español

    A customer service platform that helps the public navigate the government space by providing topical information and services in English and Spanish.

News and Events on Contact Centers

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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Partner Toolkit

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recognizes the need for governments, states, territories, tribes, crisis centers, and partners to speak with one voice to ensure there is a clear understanding about what 988 is and how it will work. We encourage you to use these communication outreach materials and build upon them with your community coalitions to meet the needs of your specific audiences.
Jul 22, 2022

"Diga o marque 2": USAGov en Español’s New Approach to Interactive Voice Response

"Diga o marque 2": USAGov en Español’s New Approach to Interactive Voice Response—USAGov receives and responds to questions directly from the public in many ways: through social media, on page surveys on and USAGov en Español, and through chats and calls. One powerful tool in the USAGov toolbelt is our interactive voice response (IVR) system in both English and Spanish through the USAGov Contact Center. — via logo

Jun 23, 2020

The team at USAGov analyzed more than 13,000 chats and phone calls from the public, in both English and Spanish, and then tagged these inquiries by popular topic area. These are the top questions our government-wide contact center received over the last four months. — via logo

Oct 08, 2019 in Beta: Tell Us What You Think

Thirteen years in digital is an eon, and on the eve of its 13th birthday, we at found ourselves reckoning with a mid-life crisis. In the thirteen years since was launched (and ten years for FirstGov en Español), the sheer volume and sophistication
May 04, 2015

How Much Will My Agency’s Contact Center Cost?

The federal government has caught the customer experience bug. We want our customers to complete their tasks with minimal effort using a streamlined process. If they need personal help, we want it to be quick, polite, and provide the best answer. But that personal help frequently requires a team of highly skilled, dedicated people—a contact
Apr 30, 2015

Lessons Learned from 4 Decades in Federal Contact Centers

For more than 40 years, Warren Snaider has been working at the General Services Administration providing government information to the public. A Senior Federal Information Specialist, Snaider has witnessed government contact centers evolve as technology has changed the way people communicate and access information. Snaider first joined the Federal Information Center in Sacramento in 1972.
Apr 28, 2015

Are FAQs Still Relevant?

Users have questions. Your content and website navigation can help them find answers, or potentially cause frustration. One tool for answering questions is up for debate: are FAQ sections still relevant in 2015, or are they a relic of bygone days? Nielsen Norman Group recently published two articles arguing for the continued use and usefulness
Apr 27, 2015

Meeting Customer Needs Through Social Media

Social media tools can amplify your agency’s message, but they are also a meeting space for two-way conversations. They can be a key tool to resolve user issues and deliver excellent customer service. This is true for agencies in every corner of the government space. In honor of our monthly contact center theme, we reached
Apr 24, 2015

NCI: Reaching the Public via SMS to Change Behaviors

SMS messages are an excellent way to reach audiences. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) saw SMS messages as an opportunity to reach the public for the implementation of their Mobile Health Behavioral Intervention Programs. NCI has 15 SMS based programs, including HealthyYouTxt, a program designed to help users live a healthier lifestyle, and SmokeFreeTxt, a
Apr 16, 2015
Don’t forget, mobile first strategy can include text messaging and SMS, not just native apps and responsive Web design. Ninety percent of all SMS messages are read within three minutes of being received, according to a recent blog post on Gigaom. Paired with an average open rate of 98% (versus 22% for email) and the
Feb 03, 2015