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Test US Department of Homeland Security Taking Blockchain Proposals

According to the solicitation posted on November 15, DHS is seeking “innovative” blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) solutions to meet the needs of a variety of government agencies, including the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The solicitation states that it will be accepting applications until 12:00 p.m. PST on May 23, 2019.

“Blockchain and [DLT], from a government perspective, holds the potential for enhanced transparency and auditing of public service operations, greater visibility into multi-party business operations, and automation of paper-based processes to improve delivery of services to organizations and citizens,” the synopsis reads.

The DHS says it wants to solve problems in issuing and verifying certificates, licenses and attestations; the storage and management of certificates, licenses and attestations; and decentralized and derived PIV credentials.

The solicitation further says that blockchain and DLT have the capabilities to “support individual control and accountability of data release” while implementing digital counter-fraud technologies and enterprise lifecycle management among others. DHS further believes blockchain and DLT can provide “cost effective and innovative solutions” to these bodies of government.

“The [DHS] is committed to using cutting-edge technologies and scientific talent in its quest to make America safer,” the agency claims in a document called “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses.

DHS further states that blockchain and DLT can address issues related to certifications i.

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