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David Vargas: OPM Develops Blockchain-Based Prototype for Federal Employee Transfer

The Office of Personnel Management has developed a blockchain technology-based prototype as part of a new employee digital record platform, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

“We’ve actually prototyped a blockchain for an employee transfer,” David Vargas, director of the human resources line of business at OPM, said Thursday during a panel discussion at the IBM-sponsored Think Gov conference.

Vargas said OPM used agile processes to build the prototype in approximately two months and expects the new technology to help simplify the process of transferring, terminating and onboarding federal employees.

Justin Herman, lead for emerging citizen technology at General Services Administration, noted at the same forum that GSA seeks to help other agencies and companies to tap into the Technology Modernization Fund to develop blockchain, robotics and artificial intelligence platforms.

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