boomerbubba wrote:I am trying to think of something that does not involve double data entry for the RS president or bishop...
As for authentication, I am assuming this would have to be a centrally developed application, not something homegrown. So I also am assuming that authenticating bishops, clerks and RS presidents is a general problem that is about to be solved by LDS Accounts.
As an initial step, the system could follow a similar path used by the Temple Entry System and Missonary Online Recommendation System. Temple recommend forms are completed in the appropriate interviews and end up with a stake clerk to get activated, copying data off the form (granted, a small amount of data). Medical and Dental exam info is completed on hardcopy forms and that again end up with a stake clerk to transcribe the information into the online application.
In the case of the commodities form, it would certainly be nice to have a single point of entry and maybe that can come in the future. Right now I see a big benefit to having an online application even though the data would be collected in the home on a paper form and then that info would need be be transcribed into the online form after being reviewed and approved by the bishop/branch president. TES and MSS have paved the way. They do not provide answers to all the issues, but do provide a framework that addresses authentication.