The U.S. government has begun to adopt the blockchain technology in an effort to transform its operations and service delivery processes as well as secure public data, Bloomberg Government reported Friday.
Some of the federal agencies that have started to explore the use of the distributed ledger technology include the Defense Department, General Services Administration, Office of Personnel Management and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
DoD has initiated blockchain experiments to facilitate oversight of its supply chain of 3D-printed platforms, while GSA held in July 2017 a forum in which attendees from at least 60 agencies and departments proposed approximately 80 use cases for blockchain.
The report noted that OPM issued a solicitation in June for its Employee Digital Record program that seeks to leverage blockchain tech to automate human resources operations.
“What this shows is not just that agencies are thinking about how to do what they’re already doing cheaper and more securely, it shows they’re thinking about how to use blockchain in ways that fundamentally transform the institution of government,” BGOV’s Kevin Brancato said Wednesday at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce-hosted blockchain summit.