The Washington Post reported this week that President Obama issued an order to agencies, asking them to utilize digital record keeping systems. As of right now, much of the filing that is being done “is based on an outdated approach involving paper and filing cabinets,” but Obama wants to “move the process into the digital age.”
“It sounds like a sensible evolutionary step forward,” said Steven Aftergood, a senior research analyst at the Federation of American Scientists and director of its Project on Government Secrecy. “Some people might even be surprised that it hasn’t already been accomplished,” he said. “But the wheels of the bureaucracy turn slowly.”
The National Archives and Records Administration pointed out that agencies who have not been keeping up with digital records are technically not complying with legal requirements under the Federal Records Act. By not having records digitized, it is difficult to keep the agency transparent.
While digitizing records will be a cheaper, faster way for Americans to access government data, there is some concern about the security issues surrounding this process.
Do you think all government documents should be digitized, or should some stay on paper?
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