Md. governor's office trades paper, printers for iPads

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley’s office has exchanged printers and reams of paper for Apple iPads to retrieve relevant state documents and take notes, according to the Govtech website.

What started as a one-man pilot last November by O'Malley's chief of staff – which reduced paper use by 90 percent to 95 percent in the initial phase – has now grown to include roughly 30 people, and the governor's office plans a second and third phase to spread the use of the mobile devices at the Annapolis State House.

The plan –- which was spearheaded by then state Chief Innovation Officer Bryan Sivak -– raised few security concerns because users primarily were dealing with nonsensitive documents and emails.

Sivak told Govtech that so far, the governor’s office has spent about $17,000 for the equipment and data plans, but the program has not required additional funding because the money comes from funds earmarked for paper and printing supplies. Once copier leases, paper, toner and other supplies are eliminated, the governor’s office anticipates saving about $50,000 over a three-year period.

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