Trump White House Doubles Down on US Commitment to Blockchain

The administration of Donald Trump is reaffirming its commitment to blockchain as a technology with the potential to improve U.S. government operations.

Speaking at Transparency of Data, 2017, a conference, investigating the role of open data in the government this week, two senior representatives of the White House has emphasized that the distributed ledger technology is considered as important for the American policy and strategy considerations.

“With artificial intelligence and blockchain, the [White House] is exploring a whole range of forward-leaning capabilities that might be helpful to government,” Margie Graves, acting federal chief information officer at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), said at the event.

Remarks are notable, considering that OMB which is headed by the cofounder of Blockchain Caucus of the Congress Mick Mulvaney, who is responsible for performance of presidential vision for executive power of the government – the basic principle of which to optimize bureaucracy and improve responses to citizens through technology.

In remarks of the Grave – who has told that she will meet the blockchain defender Don Tepskott next month to discuss use cases which the government could investigate – has emphasized that she and Mulvaney consider the distributed technology of the account book as potentially powerful tool.

Definitely, Graves sees an opportunity for its use in reducing instances of fraud and waste, cutting spending and beefing up cybersecurity defenses.

She continued:

“These kinds of technologies are always something that we should explore. I don’t want my customers to be the last to know, or to be the last to be able to take advantage of some of these.”

Laying the foundation

Chris Liddell, the assistant of the president and the director of strategic initiatives in the White House, has also emphasized that the government has to approach data management by an eye during long term.

Perhaps, the most important, he has told, realizes fundamental standards of data now so that the USA could be in a position to use the potential of blockchain and other moving ahead technologies.

“As we look to the future, we want to ensure that today’s reforms do not hinder tomorrow’s adoption of emerging technologies,”  he said,

“Whether it is blockchain, artificial intelligence or perhaps a new technology that hasn’t yet been envisaged, standardized data will help ensure the government stays current of technology’s latest trends.”

Liddell also serves in the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI), which was created by President Trump in March with a mandate to develop recommendations on how technology can be used to improve government operations.

The OIA is headed by Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law, and includes Gary Cohn – the high-ranking economic adviser of the president – and other leaders from the government and the private sector. Liddell had previously served as chief financial officer at Microsoft and has held senior executive roles at other large public companies such as International Paper and General Motors.

Building momentum

Talking it general, comments are the latest in a wave of bullish comments from the American officials on the potential for use of blockchain both in and outside of the government.

As CoinDesk has reported, several American government agencies – including the Centers for Disease Control and General Services Administration are experimenting with blockchain pilot projects.

However it is not the first time when the representative of administration of Trump took an optimistical position on blockchain.

In March, Mark Calabria, chief economist to Vice President Mike Pence, told a conference in Washington that there was a great enthusiasm within the Trump White House toward blockchain, hinting that progress toward adoption could be seen in the coming years.

 

Polli Bormotova

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