Signatures on Electronic Forms
Michael Smith (msmith@EMST-DC.PLANSYS.COM)
Wed, 21 Jun 1995 10:19:49 EDT
I have noticed a few postings about the lack of signature on electronic forms
and how that is perceived to be a problem. Let me assure you, it isn't.
First, I seriously doubt that anyone from District or Council has ever pulled
a registration form to check the signature against a submitted form! If there
is reason to suspect the submission, a simple phone call is normally used.
Because of the nature of my business, it is often times necessary to have
additional checks along with a signature. We use our employee number.
Insurance companies, etc. regularly use your Social Security Number.
BSA has a built-in safety check that is very easy to use. Every registered
scout and leader (I know you are all registered :) ) has an ID number. All
you need to do is add that ID number to your typed name. This is actually a
better protection against fraud than the current method of forms used by BSA.
Every one of the scouts (and leaders) in my pack know my name. If they are
determined to cheat, it would be very easy for them to simply sign my name on
the bottom of a form. Who in the world is every going to check the
signature? However, I doubt if any of them know my Scout ID number. If that
was included (required), their plot is foiled. Also, for the Council and
District execs still living in the 18th century, having the Scout ID number
as a required item (even on hand-signed forms) will make your life alot
easier. Call up Mike Smith on your Council computer. I bet there are
probably 2 or 3 (or 400)of us. Now you have to filter using Pack # or some
other means to find the right one. Now, instead of calling up Mike Smith,
call up my Scout ID#. Only one person pops up (ta-da).
There are still some things that for legal reasons require an actual
handwritten signature. But I have never seen anything in scouts that falls in
this category. So, simply put your Scout ID# next to your "signature" and
you have just provided level of protection better than even a handwritten
Michael Smith (If I had my card with me, I would put my ID# here :) )
Committee Chairman, Pack 160, Herndon, VA
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