Current employees and retirees often need access to their records for verification and many other purposes. Because many employees are mobile and work for multiple agencies throughout their career, these records tend to be dispersed and fragmented because personel records continue contain paper. The cost of this is not only the archiving and storage of paper records, but also the cost of searching, researching, and accessing this data to fulfill legal requests, answer employee/retiree and conduct other business. While employee current records are not archived, retiree records. There is no reason why personnel records cannot be standardize - to large extent when most agencies are using the Standard Form set to handle personnel transactions. The ability to access records online would decrease the OPM workload and facilitate greater access by employees and retirees to their records.
Idea No. 30