Department of Justice

Eliminate all Non-Original Paperwork

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Various Federal Government entities produce huge amounts of paperwork, most of which are simply printouts of documents that are also kept electronically. Through acts such as the Federal Records Act, the Government is required to keep records of a host of manners.


My proposal is to no longer deposit any non-original paper documents to the Federal Records Center. The Federal Records Center should only accept electronic copies of documents and instruct the originators to appropriately recycle or destroy paper copies. Original documents that must be preserved should be stored in original form appropriately.


This will save the Federal Government resources in many differeny ways: no longer requiring significant real estate to store paper documents, increasing recycling of paper documents, saved costs on transporting paper documents to Federal Records Centers facilities, and increase the ability of the Federal Records Centers to search for documents, decreasing FOIA compliance costs.

I agree to have my idea, not my name or information, posted online. YES


Idea No. 5383