The General Services Administration is piloting a federal blockchain pilot initiative this summer.
It’s part of an ongoing effort from GSA’s emerging citizen technology program to bring agencies together to discuss business cases and best practices for piloting and eventually adopting new artificial intelligence and advancing technologies.
“We’ve started talking with agencies … [and] working with companies, [and] we’ve started just listening and going around and starting to identify … those business cases and those needs that the distributed ledger systems that block chain provides and those technologies provide … can impact government,” Justin Herman, the lead for the emerging citizen technology program at GSA’s Technology Transformation Service, said in an interview with Federal News Radio.
Agencies are beginning to explore blockchain, a shared digital ledger of sorts that can record financial transactions or essentially anything of value. But so far, agencies have only begun to explore it in pockets, and they haven’t been talking with each other about their discoveries, Herman said.