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Report: HHS Obtains Authority to Operate AI, Blockchain-Based Acquisition Tool

The Department of Health and Human Services received a full “authority to operate” certification for its ReImagine HHS Accelerate initiative that seeks to improve the department’s acquisition procedures, Fedscoop.com reported Tuesday.

The HHS tested the platform with static acquisition data sets to assess its capability to use automation, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology to develop microservices that cut acquisition times, create better-designed contracts and reduce costs.

During the Red Hat OPEN FIRST Road Tour in September, Jose Arrieta, HHS associate deputy assistant secretary for acquisition, said the department aims to reduce the acquisition lifecycle from 200 days to 90 and provide enterprise-wide transparency in spending processes. He said the Department of CommerceU.S. Agency for International DevelopmentU.S. Air Force and U.S. Army have all expressed interest in the effort.

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