Jose Arrieta: HHS Eyes Blockchain Tech Partnership With DISA for Identity Verification

Jose Arrieta, CIO of HHS

Jose Arrieta, chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services, said HHS plans to team up with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to leverage the HHS Accelerate blockchain procurement system in identity management, Federal News Network reported Thursday. Arrieta said he plans to meet with DISA officials to discuss a pilot project to link the blockchain tool to a user’s mobile phone or wearable device to better track behavioral data for identity verification.

“They have the wireless device, they have the behavioral capability to actually determine identity with a high-level confidence score. Now they need a network of nodes to test that,” he said of the proposed project.

He said the pilot project, if successful, could enable first responders to skip multi-factor authentication to establish connectivity to secure networks. Arietta said HHS is also in discussions with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army to invest in the blockchain technology to facilitate data processing and sharing operations.

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