The federal government should track performance of the taxpayer dollars in programs and initiatives that have proven records of success and fix or end programs that do not.
The status quo within the federal government does not support this claim. Paperless filing could help move the government in that direction in the following ways:
1. Smarter data tracking- Paperless files can be pulled into databases; data can then be aggregated and display program success or failure.
2. Saving Money- Paper costs more money over time in comparison to the price of a data server. Additionally, the careful monitoring of money spent within programs could be increased with smarter data.
3. Boosting Performance- Grant monitors can save the time used filing papers and inform themselves of best practices within the grant. They can then facilitate conversation amongst constituents based on best practice.