Measures on electronic signatures have spot on Congress' agenda

Measures on electronic signatures have spot on Congress' agenda

Rep. Tom Davis said his electronic-signature bill will go to the House floor for a vote next month. Sen. Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.) will introduce a companion bill in the Senate, the Virginia Republican said.

The Electronic Signature Global and National Act, HR 1714, and Abraham's bill will provide a legal umbrella for e-signatures, Davis said this month at the E-Lock Technologies conference in Fairfax, Va.

Electronic signatures 'will be accepted bit by bit in the federal government because it is more traditional,'' Davis said. He said that the Defense Department is doing more contracting with electronic signatures and that the IRS will be forced to use them because of the sheer amount of paperwork it processes.

'Businesses do it because they have to be competitive; this will also occur in the federal government, but it is an evolutionary phase,'' Davis said.

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