FEMA deploys e-signature solution for disaster victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing 6,000 of its field agents with a computer application enabling them to collect signatures electronically from disaster victims in the field.

The goal is to help speed the processing of release forms for disaster relief funding, low-interest loans and other support.

FEMA is distributing Silanis Technology Inc.’s secure desktop e-signature solution to its field agents, Silanis announced in a news release. Applicants for disaster aid will sign the release forms on a personal computer tablet. The forms will be electronically transmitted to FEMA headquarters for processing and storage.

“Electronic signatures are proven to accelerate [the] process, and in a disaster, time to respond is of the essence," Silanis President Tommy Petrogiannis said in a news release. "We have a tremendous opportunity to support FEMA and the DHS in speeding response to victims, allowing them greater opportunity to rebuild their homes and their lives in a time of great need."

Silanis is based in Saint Laurent, Quebec.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.