Finding the balance between print and digital isn’t easy. As the Professor in my Government Documents, Dr. Currier, stated, “There is no right answer”. It depends on the need of an organization, their personnel, their budget, and more. The Federal Government is no exception; as an issue that struck me as odd was the Office of Management and Budget’s decision to go all digital and then retreat given the backlash from Federal Depositories and other professionals. A decision of that magnitude should require consultation with those that use, need, store, and provide access to budget information. It’s as if the OMB lives in a bubble that only bursts after they issue a decision. An in-class lecture mentioned the freegovinfo blog that cited that over 80 million people are without internet access. It shows agreat deal of irresponsibly when the executive office can ignore 80 million.
An e-budget is needed to provide greater access but it
shouldn’t rule out print. The flashiness of technology, the speed in which we can search and find, and the savings- conglomerate so much that it blinds us. Dcornwalls’ Three Cheers for GPO: Tangible Copies of US Budget lists 3 reasons to keep print, reasons that the OMB originally proved blind to. The following video, article, and photos show us that even The President is blinded by a laptop notebook’s wiz-bangness: