National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Paperless Work System at NASA

NASA has made efforts to move to paperless work, but never completely committed to it. Instead, paperless systems have simply been a second layer on top of the paper system. Many of the obstacles to paperless systems have been overcome with the advent of laptops and tablets (to provide portable access to work authorizing documents), RFID badges (to provide identity authentication for signing task steps) and other new technology. Making this move will require the committment of everyone in engineering, quality and administration, but it would speed up the work process, eliminate much of the paper waste, and simplify record management and access.

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Idea No. 10730