The CIO Council should study and make recommendations for authentication of government documents and information submitted to the government. To improve the usability of electronic government information, its authenticity must be assured. A CIO Council task force should develop standards for authenticating government documents for the public through an open process that includes review of past efforts. The task force should develop standards, best practices, and sample implementation plans for agencies to authenticate digital documents. The task force should tap government and private-sector experts for hard questions on topics such as granularity (how to authenticate small pieces of a document – e.g. one or two CFR sections, not an entire title). Best practices and implementation plans developed by the task force can help bring along other branches or levels of government, improving usability for citizens.
- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda