OMB issues online guidance

OMB issues online guidance

MAY 4—The Office of Management and Budget this week issued guidance for agencies looking to move operations online.

The guidance is intended to help agencies as they follow the mandates of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act, which mandates that agencies make most transactions available online by October 2003.

The guidance, OMB Procedures and Guidance on Implementing GPEA, available online at cio.gov/docs/gpea_wpd.htm, discusses the advantages of online transactions.

"Moving to electronic transactions and electronic signatures can reduce transaction costs for the agency ' Re-engineering the work process associated with the transaction around the new electronic format can give rise to other efficiencies," states a memo from John T. Spotila, administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

The guidance reiterates that electronic signatures should be considered legally valid. [See previous story at www.gcn.com/archives/gcn/1999/March15/1.htm.]

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