Lately, we have discussed digital projects a lot. In today’s increasingly digital world, it is important that the American public has access to all appropriate federal government communications to improve transparency and increase trust. In his first day in office, President Obama signed the memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, calling for a new era of open and accountable government. Yet here we are five years after the president’s commitment, and the government has yet to deliver. Federal Times brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Hybrid records management can enable open government.”

Given that the federal government is the single largest producer of information in the United States, moving towards digital information seems like an obvious route. Though digitization of information does produce a number of benefits, it doesn’t mean that everything should or can be converted to digital. There can be an improved workflow, and a streamlined process can result in an immediate return on investment. Benefits extend beyond cost savings to include stronger integration between departments.

Melody K. Smith

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