Paperless Government: Moving Towards Sustainability

7 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2013 Last revised: 31 Oct 2014

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Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Howard F. Gross


Date Written: January 9, 2013


New technologies help streamline internal processes for sharing information among different agencies and levels of government, simplify and reduce paperwork involved in procurement, and provide payroll and benefit information to employees online. State and local governments have followed the paperless trend, balancing issues of privacy, security and efficiency as they digitize public documents and large amounts of governmental data for online availability. This article review some of the legal issues that arise for governments as they move forward into a paperless environment.

Keywords: paperless, sustainable government, government online, privacy, technology, FOIL, Freedom of Information Law, green government

JEL Classification: K20

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia E. and Gross, Howard F., Paperless Government: Moving Towards Sustainability (January 9, 2013). 21 Pub. Law. 3 (Winter 2013); Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 14-42. Available at SSRN:

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Howard F. Gross

E-BizDocs,Inc. ( email )

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