Agencies, in an effort to reduce storage space and improve access to documents, are taking steps to wean themselves off paper records. Joe Odore, the global portfolio marketing manager for Kodak Alaris, said agencies will see significant benefits by shifting to electronic records.
The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to open two centers soon that will help the agency meet a governmentwide goal to digitize records. Jeff Wells, director of the EPA’s Office of Enterprise Information Programs, said the agency will open one of its National Digitization Centers (NDCs) in Edison, New Jersey, in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year.
Agencies face a major year-end deadline to phase out paper as part of their records management procedures.
A shift from paper to electronic records is underscoring the need for agencies to implement a broader digitization strategy.
The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating the need for agencies to make the shift from paper to electronic records.
The Government Publishing Office produces a range of government documents, from U.S. passports for the State Department, to official publications for Congress.
The Library of Congress, among its responsibilities, is digitizing the wealth of historic records it holds – both to preserve them for future generations, and to make accessible to a larger audience online.