What a waste of time and paper, not to mention additional hardware support and maintenance to the required scanners and printers.
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OPERATION FREEZE THE INK! 700 pounds and 10,000 pages is what the average worker will print in one year. A 25-30% reduction of printing by 50-60% of federal workers (1,500,000 FTE) would save $187 million in a year! It's not technology that holds us back, it's the will to use it. Implementing a printing cap would make government workers get creative in how a document is electronically delivered.
The US government and SSA in particular maintain the largest repository of electronic documents. These documents, for the most part, are stored in a TIFF format. By changing to the PDF format both storage space and bandwidth to transport the images over the network would be reduced. In addition, the PDF format allows for greater use since data within a PDF is searchable. The converse is not true for the TIFFs.
SSA uses a program named "eMailer" that enables our employees to email a few of these materials.
SSA should make all of its electronic pamphlets,... more »