Paperless Hill offices?

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) tracks lawmakers’ spending habits, as well as the amounts each congressman returns from his or her MRA to the U.S. treasury at year’s end. The NTU will release its most recent study later this month.

Citing an early finding of the report, NTU spokesman Peter Sepp told The Hill that total House spending on printing and document reproduction rose to $16 million in 2004 from $11 million in 2003.

“This is a strange trend in a Congress that is supposedly committed to information-age technologies like BlackBerrys, e-mail and websites,” said Sepp.

Lawmakers spend on big screens, popcorn,” by Jonathan E. Kaplan and Mandy Kozar, The Hill, November 8, 2005
The paperless office has been discussed for years and hasn’t arrived yet.

Far from ushering in a “paperless office,” for example, computers, e-commerce, fax machines, and other information technologies have fueled paper demand, creating more “information consumers” who routinely print web pages, e-mails, and other verifications of electronic information.

No End to Paperwork,” Editor, Wendy Vanasselt, 1998, updated June 2001


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