EPA making move toward e-gov
- By Judi Hasson
- Sep 20, 2000
The Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first step toward enabling
companies to file environmental reports to the government online.
The EPA is planning to issue a proposed regulation this month that would
establish a process for regulated companies to file data electronically
and use digital signatures.
The final rule, however, won't be issued for a year, according Don Flattery,
director of the outreach and communications staff for the Office of Environmental
Meantime, the EPA said it is "committed to ensuring that regulated companies
will be able to report electronically under all major environmental programs
The change in policy is designed to comply with the 2003 deadline imposed
by the 1998 Government Paperwork Elimination Act.
The new EPA rule would make sure that electronic documents have the
same legal force as their paper counterparts. It would specify how electronic
reports must be submitted and what kind of software is useable with EPA
EPA is the latest federal agency enabling e-government. Other agencies
that are using electronic programs that include digital signatures include
the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service.