The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is working through the Federal CIO Council to disseminate guidance to Federal agencies on GPEA policies, best practices, and reporting requirements. The DOI CIO has responsibility for providing guidance within Interior regarding GPEA for overseeing implementation of GPEA transactions and for ensuring that resources needed to implement the GPEA requirements are captured in the Department's IT Strategic Plan and in IT capital asset budget plans and justifications. More information about the CIO Council's implementation of GPEA can be found at: http://www.cio.gov/.

Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Title XVII, P.L. 105-277, 10/21/98. GPEA requires Federal agencies, by 10/21/2003, to provide for the option (1) of electronic maintenance, submission or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper, and (2) use and acceptance of electronic signatures, when practicable.

GSA's Access Certificates for Electronic Commerce (ACES) program facilitates secure on-line access to Government information and services by the public through the use of public key infrastructure/digital signature technology. ACES can be of significant benefit in implementing digital signature provisions of GPEA. More information about GSA's ACES program can be found at: http://www.gsa.gov/aces.

The General Accounting Office (GA0) issued a report on 9/15/2000, Government Paperwork Elimination Act Presents Challenges for Agencies, GAO/AIMD-00-282. The URL for the report is http://www.gao.gov/new.items/ai00282.pdf.

OMB's guidance, in addition to procedural guidance for GPEA reporting, requires that an agency's GPEA plan relate to strategic IT planning in the budget process. If an agency needs additional resources to implement the plan, its budget request under OMB Circular A-11should reflect that need, and agency Government Performance and Results Act reports should address progress in implementing GPEA and e-government initiatives.

Questions regarding GPEA policies and guidance for DOI shoulde be addressed to ed_mcceney@ios.doi.gov.

DOI GPEA Points of Contact (pdf file)

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Submission of Plans to Implement GPEA: