OMB issues e-government pointers
The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday provided federal agencies
with guidance on how to use the Internet and other technology to reduce
the paperwork they process.
The guidance is intended to help agencies comply with the 1998 Government
Paperwork Elimination Act, which requires agencies by Oct 21, 2003 to provide
people and organizations the option of dealing with the government electronically
instead of on paper.
The guidelines focus on the importance of "electronic signatures" and
related technology as a way to ensure that electronic documents have not
been intercepted or altered during the transaction.
"Public confidence in the security of the government's electronic information
processes is essential as agencies make this transition" to Web-based transactions,
according to OMB.
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