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Publications

  • Election Day
    Secure Voting System: Patent Application by the US Postal Service
    US Patent & Trade Office / 2020
    The patent application by the USPS for a blockchain-based secure voting system.
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    Unlocking Education and Workforce Opportunity Through Blockchain
    American Council on Education / 2020
    While not focused on federal government, this study was funded by a grant from the Department of Education. It explores new learning taxonomies, educational data privacy and portability. Its focus is post-secondary education.
  • B is for Blockchain: Proof of Concept using DLT for Multi-Tier Grants Payments
    National Science Foundation / 2020
    Slides detailing a prototype effort to tokenize federal grants, a joint effort of NSF, Treasury, Duke University and UC San Diego
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    Blockchain for Unmanned Aircraft Systems
    US Department of Transportation / 2020
    This citation-heavy paper discusses the coordination of autonomous vehicles over blockchain networks, and explores a human organ transfer use case, lending provenance not only to the the vehicle itself but to the organ destined for transplant.
  • Blockchain Networks: Token Design and Management Overview
    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 2020
    Interagency Report draft open for public comment until October 30, 2020. A high-level technical overview and conceptual framework of token designs and management methods.
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    Can Blockchain Help Prevent Forgery and Counterfeiting?
    DHS Science & Technology Directorate /  2020
    This slide deck is an exceptionally valuable overview of blockchain and essential advanced concepts of Verifiable Credentials, Decentralized Identifiers, and Key Management. It showcases a number of DHS proof of concept projects, and outlines the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program.
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    Case study: HHS at the Department of Health & Human Services
    Octo Consulting / 2020
    A one-page review of an Octo Consulting blockchain project at HHS.
  • Executive Summary: Potential Uses of Blockchain By The U.S. Department of Defense
    Value Technology Foundation / 2020
    The executive summary of a larger whitepaper (available from the VTF website) citing several use cases for blockchain in the US Department of Defense.
  • A Taxonomic Approach to Understanding Emerging Blockchain Identity Management Systems
    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 2020
    This paper categorizes blockchain identity management systems into a taxonomy based on differences in blockchain architectures, governance models, and other salient features. Context is provided for the taxonomy through the description of related terms, emerging standards, and use cases while highlighting relevant security and privacy considerations.
  • The Trust Machine: Blockchain in nuclear disarmament and arms control verification
    King's College London / 2020
    This report, written for nuclear experts and decision-makers, features clear descriptions of blockchain technology and direct application to current challenges in enforcement of nuclear non-proliferation treaties. Don't overlook the strong reference section.
  • Complementing the Padlock: The prospect of blockchain for strengthening nuclear security
    Stimson / 2020
    This working paper from the February 2020 IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security "explores the potential pathways for security in nuclear material accounting and control, insider threat mitigation, and transport security."
  • Blockchain Basics and Suitability: A Primer for Program Managers
    Journal of Information Technology Management / 2019
    While not specific to the federal government, this whitepaper was written in part by Anil John, leader of the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program which has funded many blockchain research projects.
  • Air Traffic Management Blockchain Infrastructure for Security, Authentication, and Privacy
    National Air and Space Administration / 2019
    FAA regulations require that civilian aircraft carry ADSB transponders which broadcast their location, altitude and velocity for use in collision avoidance systems. Military aircraft do not carry these transpoders for security reasons, increasing the chances for collision. This paper outlines an approach to integrate blockchain to provide one-way visibility of ADSB info to military aircraft to preserve security while increasing safety.
  • Blockchain Technology Implementation in the US Customs Environment
    US Naval Postgraduate School / 2019
  • Assessing the Potential to Improve Grants Management Using Blockchain Technology
    MITRE / 2019
    This federally-funded paper is an analysis of how blockchain can be leveraged to improve multi-tier grants management. A second proof of concept implementation phase is to follow.
  • National Archives Blockchain Whitepaper
    National Archives and Records Administration / 2019
    This paper discusses how blockchain could transform federal records archive management. It provides a general overview of blockchain in its first half.
  • Blockchain Playbook for the U.S. Federal Government
    ACT-IAC Blockchain Working Group / 2019
    A collection of best practices for federal blockchain projects authored by the ACT-IAC blockchain working group. ACT-IAC is a collaboration of federal and private-sector technology professionals.
  • National Advisory Council DRAFT Report to the FEMA Administrator
    Federal Emergency Management Administration / 2019
    Beginning on Page 10, this report to FEMA recommends a pilot blockchain-based land registry to speed disaster relief payments.
  • Bringing Blockchain Into Government: A Path Forward for Creating Effective Federal Blockchain Initiatives
    Data Foundation / 2019
  • Blockchain Compliance with Federal Cryptographic Information Processing Standards
    Johns Hopkins Applied Physics
    Laboratory / 2019
    This paper evaluates four blockchain platforms (Ethereum, Fabric, Corda, Multichain) against NIST standards for cryptography, which are required for FISMA compliance for federal technology projects. It is an excellent resource to include in platform evaluation.
  • A Policymaker’s Guide to Blockchain
    Information Technology & Innovation Foundation / 2019
    This paper provides a good overview of blockchain technologies and a large number of case study abstracts before moving on to issues of blockchain regulation. It lays out a number of principles for policymakers interested in advancing blockchain technologies. It contains 250 citations which are a wealth of additional resources.
  • Video interview on blockchain at CBP & HHS
    Government Matters / 2019
    This interview with Jose Arietta of HHS and Vincent Annunziato of CBP about various technologies but with a strong emphasis on their blockchain projects.
  • Blockchain and Suitability for Government Applications
    2018 Public-Private Analytic Exchange Program / 2018
  • How to assess the relevance of DLT to international development
    US Agency for International Development / 2018
  • Blockchains Unchained: Blockchain Technology and its use in the Public Sector
    OECD Working Papers on Public Governance / 2018
  • Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods
    US House of Representatives / 2018
  • Three Potential Benefits of Blockchain for Government
    Booz Allen Hamilton / 2018
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