Saturday, April 13, 2013

This might be funny if...

...if it didn't affect you and government employees.

I am talking about federal and local government still relying on paper.  Yes, it's true.  From the Marines whose personnel files still have not gone entirely electronic to the immigration department's piles of files, to departments in our local school system where employees have to hand-deliver paper time sheets and student records, to our police department sending often private communications to other agencies, to our health department--paper still dominates, computers taking second place.  What seems to be the problem?

Well, at the local level, it's funding.  Your personal problems and emergencies could be put on hold because there is a disconnect between departments as one agency tries to transfer physical paperwork to another.  Or, God forbid, your paperwork is lost entirely because there aren't enough clerks to manually enter information in a timely manner.  The fans blow in the wrong direction and poof.  There you go--your history, your case, your life.  And if you are an employee, there could go your benefits, your paycheck, your reviews.

It's hard to believe this is still a problem in a county deemed one of the wealthiest in the nation.  What exactly are we spending our tax dollars on?  I'd really like to know.
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