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ibml Partners with Quality Associates Inc (QAI) on Event Featuring National Archives and EPA E-GOV Initiative M-19-21 to Eliminate Paper Processes by meeting FADGI 3 star standard for digitization

June 6, 2022

ibml, Makers of FADGI 3-Star Compliant Scanners and Software, Lead M-19-21 Paper Challenge

BIRMINGHAM, AL (June 6, 2022) – Today, ibml, a global market leader in high-volume, mission-critical intelligent document processing (IDP) solutions, shares groundbreaking industry insights from a conference on eliminating paper processes in government with the M-19-21 initiative, which lays the foundation for digital transformation in government processes.

The conference co-sponsor was Quality Associates Inc. (QAI), a Konica Minolta company and leading provider of Intelligent Information Management (IIM) solutions, which help federal agencies eliminate paper from their business processes and move information into a managed digital environment to reshape and revolutionize the government workplace. The conference featured industry experts who shared the latest on the current policy and government directive, best practices for organizations embarking on this journey, a practical view of what it takes for a government department to implement, and a technology panel that discussed practical options available today to get started.

The panel was moderated by John Mancini, president of Content Results LLC and former president of AIIM. Speakers included Lisa Haralampas, director of records management policy and outreach, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Katy Perry, principal, KPM Consulting LLC; Paul Van Reed, digitization program manager – East, ERM Division, Office of Enterprise Information Programs, Office of Mission Support, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Scott Swidersky, vice president,  Intelligent Information Management Practice, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., and president, Quality Associates Inc.; and Susheel John, vice president, marketing and strategy, ibml.

“We at ibml were extremely proud to sponsor the event featuring experts from the public and private sectors,” said Susheel John, vice president, marketing and strategy at ibml. The event was well attended with nearly 200 participants from different government departments. The entire recorded event is now available here for other customers to access at no cost for their education.

The M-19-21 initiative mandates that NARA will only accept electronic records for all permanent government records after December 31, 2022. To ensure the electronic records created from paper records are good enough for permanent records, they must meet the FADGI 3 Star standards.

Launched in 2007, FADGI (Federal Agencies Digital Guidance Initiative) sets concrete measurable targets for federal agencies to hit when processing digitized and born-digital historical, archival and cultural content. FADGI standards have taken on more urgency with the U.S. Government’s initiative to stop the flow of analog materials into the National Archives after 2022 – and organizations now have the tools to meet ambitious conversion goals with hardware and software from ibml.

“With digital records taking primacy at the National Archives in 2023, having the capability to digitize analog materials rapidly and effectively is essential,” said Martin Birch, CEO of ibml. “Our products and services are made for such mission-critical applications, and our 3-star FADGI rating positions our scanners and software as ideal solutions for government agencies and other organizations worldwide.”

A FADGI 3-star rating is the most widely adopted and accepted quality for unbound document imaging conversions. The 3-star FADGI standards are comparable to ISO 19264-1 Level B international standards. As such, international customers can benefit by using them to meet and measure high-quality imaging standards in their digitization operations.

ibml Capture Suite (iCS) offers a FADGI verification module designed to allow operators to have an integrated experience between iCS and Golden Thread software. With this module, operators have an integrated single-user experience in iCS allowing them to be productive while consuming the least amount of time in ensuring image quality consistency with this periodic verification. Organizations can ensure compliance by putting a process in place where system administrators can enforce the intervals in which operators need to run the test and pass for image quality before continuing with production work. iCS also retains images captured and the results from the integrated FADGI verification process as an audit trail for customers to provide compliance audits if needed.

“In addition to iCS, our ibmlFUSiON scanner digitizes at 474 PPM, which makes it easy for customers to scan and achieve the necessary image quality at scale, in the volumes that they need, without compromising quality,” said Susheel John, VP of marketing and strategy. “Combined with iCS, it makes it easy and effective to measure FADGI image quality standard and maintains an audit trail of all documents being scanned, recording which ones pass or fail so that digitized scans can be verified by users or authorities as needed, and the physical documents can be destroyed to free up valuable office space for other higher value activities.”

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