This Memorandum provides Executive agencies with the guidance required under Sections 1703 and 1705 of the Government Paperwork Elimination Act of 1998 (GPEA). GPEA requires agencies, by October 21, 2003, to provide for the (1) option of electronic maintenance, submission, or disclosure of information, when practicable as a substitute for paper; and (2) use and acceptance of electronic signatures, when practicable. GPEA specifically states that electronic records and their related electronic signatures are not to be denied legal effect, validity, or enforceability merely because they are in electronic form.
- ↑ Pub. L. No. 105-277, Title XVII.