State Agencies Moving Toward Paperless

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Fewer paper cuts -- and lower costs -- are just a couple of the advantages of new technology that's helping state agencies and universities go toward paperless systems.

Fairmont-based Global Science and Technology Incorporated has developed a software that scans invoices and sends them directly to the state auditor's office. The advancement eliminates multiple copies and delays in the transfer of paper copies.

Senior systems programmer Daniel Carter says state agencies generate about ten million pages of paper a year.

The company's new program is expected to reduce not only the amount of paper used each year but also postage and storage costs -- which together could save the state four to five million dollars.

The new electronic invoicing system began testing in 2005, after the Legislature allowed higher education institutions and the auditor's office to use electronic copies of documents.

Carter says the paperless system was approved for all state agencies during this year's legislative session.

Agencies pay a yearly license fee.

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