Kevin McCarthy who is a Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives has recommended the use of Blockchain in government to make the institution more efficient and transparent. The Republican was addressing a select committee on March 12 about the modernization of the Congress.
He noted that the blockchain was revolutionizing the security of the financial industry and the government should try it since it can help transform the transparency of its legislative process. He asked: “Why would we wait around and why wouldn’t we institute blockchain on our own?”
“As technology continues to change our life, let’s make sure Congress has the same ability to do it … to make this place more effective, more efficient, and most importantly more accountable.”
McCarthy proceeded to give some examples of how embracing innovative technologies by passing new legislation in the past had helped improve government processes. The bills included the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses Act, the establishment of a bug program for the department of Homeland Security through the Strengthening and Enhancing Cyber-capabilities by Utilizing Risk Exposure Technology Act, and the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional National Talent Act (TALENT) Act.
In conclusion, he said:
“What I’m looking for is building greater confidence in the institution that we have – utilizing the 21st-century technology to make us more customer friendly but at the same time give us greater information that can hold us accountable in this process.”
This isn’t the first time that McCarthy has proposed the use of Blockchain in government. Last July, along with a group of U.S. lawmakers he proposed the creation of a blockchain pilot which would help in the effort of combating infectious fungal diseases.
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