eFax combines the benefits of e-mail, while providing USDA agencies with a secure method to communicate by fax.
Modernizing and Securing Fax Transmissions
eFax combines the benefits of e-mail with a secure method to communicate with customers or colleagues by fax. It also supports the USDA Green IT Initiative by reducing our consumption of paper and power for fax machines.
Sending a Fax Using eFax: Attach and Send
Instead of using a fax machine, all you have to do is attach the file to an e-mail, and send it to the eFax service using the recipient’s fax number. After conversion in the eFax service center, the fax is sent to the recipient.
Receiving a Fax Through eFax
Through eFax, you can have an individual fax account or a group fax account. The customer or colleague uses their fax machine to send a fax to your individual or group fax number. The fax is converted at the eFax service center and routed to the e-mail address associated with the fax number. You will receive an e-mail with the faxed document as a PDF attachment.
Benefits of eFax
Using eFax as a modern faxing solution allows you to securely connect with customers and colleagues—without inconvenient interruptions to your work life. It also enables USDA to:
- Streamline document management
- Secure direct faxing
- Eliminate fax machine maintenance
- Decentralize faxing
- Eliminate power usage for fax machines
- Reduce costs by minimizing use of consumables and the need for dedicated phone lines
Get eFax in Your Office
Please contact the Electronic Fax Coordinator, eFax-CS@usda.gov, to set up a time to discuss how your agency can take advantage of this service.