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    What is the regulatory authority that determines the assumption of authenticity for digital signatures for government (DoD) employees since local law varies from state to state? I'm looking for the specific statute, AR, or DoD Directive that directs government/military to accept digital signatures as an authentic replacement/equivalent to ink signatures on contracts, MOA/MOU, acquisition documentation, and medical records (STR).


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    For Federal Acquisition the regulations provide this authority for accepting digital signatures:  " 'Signature' or 'signed' means the discrete, verifiable symbol of an individual which, when affixed to a writing with the knowledge and consent of the individual, indicates a present intention to authenticate the writing.  This includes electronic symbols."  FAR 2.101. 

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