Well, almost two weeks ago we started using the new eForm submission system from the NFA Branch.
I have to admit that it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride with multiple issues – including a slow/klunky interface and several system outages.
Fortunately, we got back our first Form 3 submissions with this system today – and it only took 11 days! That’s down from almost 6 weeks for the forms that went in using the previous system.
At the end of the day, the new system is well worth it for a variety of reasons:
- It’s much faster!
- It enables us to enter data directly into the NFA database – which eliminates many of the back-and-forth errors that plague paper forms.
- We now get approvals back via email, with is faster and more reliable than the snail mail approvals from the past.
- Did I mention the 11 day approval time!?
Although it may not be the most efficient implementation we would have asked for – it looks like it’s definitely worth it if these approval times continue.