FEMA next in line for digital certificates
- By Judi Hasson
- Jul 26, 2000
The Federal Emergency Management Agency became the second federal agency
to receive free digital certificates, the General Services Administration
FEMA was awarded 10,000 certificates to help move the agency to using electronic
signatures and to help eliminate paperwork, according to John Sindelar,
chief of staff at GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy.
It is the second award by GSA. Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans
Affairs received 100,000 free certificates.
These are the first awards of digital certificates since President Clinton
signed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, or
E-Sign, into law on June 30 using the first digital certificate issued from
The Veterans Benefits Administration will use digital certificates issued
under GSA's Access Certificates for Electronic Services contract in coming
months to help veterans apply for health and education benefits completely
To encourage use of the signatures, which carry the same legal force as
pen-on-paper signatures, GSA is paying for 500,000 of them and will be awarding
them to qualified applicants.