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E-authentication gains ground in agencies

Agencies slowly are warming up to using electronic signatures and other forms of electronic verification as a part of their everyday business. The Treasury Department is piloting a smart-card program for electronic and physical access, CIO Drew Ladner said last week at an e-government conference sponsored by Federal Sources Inc. of McLean, Va., and Potomac Forum Ltd. of Potomac, Md. And the Environmental Protection Agency is working on a final rule to let state governments and private companies submit mandatory environmental reports electronically, said Wendy Cleland-Hamnett, who works in the agency’s CIO’s office and is responsible for EPA’s Government Paperwork Elimination Act reporting. “We have been working on this for a number of years and hope to have it out by this fall,” Cleland-Hamnett said. “We are trying to ensure we can trace the signature back to the person in cases of civil or criminal liability.” Full Story

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