A how-to for reducing agency paper
- By Colleen O'Hara
- Oct 02, 2000
A group of agencies released a model guide last month designed to help agencies
develop electronic government plans under the Government Paperwork Elimination
Under GPEA, agencies must enable citizens to interact with the government
electronically whenever possible. Agencies must comply by October 2003,
but there is a more immediate deadline: Implementation plans are due at
the Office of Management and Budget by Oct. 31.
The Social Security Administration, the General Services Administration
and the federal CIO Council's E-government Committee developed the planning
guide and model report under the direction of OMB to help agencies respond
to next month's deadline.
The guide helps agencies prepare their plans by providing "examples
and practical considerations for agencies in complying with OMB's GPEA guidance
and planning instructions."
The guide outlines steps agencies should take in preparing their GPEA
plans, such as identifying candidates for electronic reporting and transactions,
and provides examples, mostly from SSA.
"The data call is the first step in trying to wrestle with transactions
to the public," said Rich Kellett, director of GSA's Emerging IT Policies
Division. Starting Oct. 16, Kellett will be detailed to OMB to work on GPEA
The impact of GPEA is wide-ranging, Kellett said. The data call requires
agencies to link their plans with their information-collection budgets.
The inventory includes more than 3,500 records, such as tax forms and filings
to the SEC.
"This really is big and affects everyone." he said.