Gingrey: House to go Digital

Jun 16, 2011

Chairman of Oversight Subcommittee Explores Ways to Transition House Away From Archaic Paper-Based Processes; Says Modernization Will Save Money and Increase Transparency

Today, Subcommittee on Oversight Chairman Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., issued the following statement after hearing testimony from Members of Congress and IT industry experts on ways the House can improve its processes for creating and disseminating legislative information:

“Central and integral to our oversight responsibility is ensuring efficiency and transparency in all aspects of the legislative information process.  Today we heard from several knowledgeable witnesses who attested to the House’s archaic system being ripe for a digital overhaul.

“The current statute governing our paper-based requirements hasn’t been updated in decades, and unless we re-evaluate these laws and modernize the process, we will paralyze our ability to increase accessibility to the legislative process.  We must continue to explore ways to cut long-term spending, eliminate unnecessary printing and adapt to the electronic delivery of information.  It’s time that the House information delivery processes transition into the 21st Century.”