Rep. Soto Looks To Create Office To ‘Coordinate’ Federal Use Of Blockchain Tech

Rep. Soto looks to create office to ‘coordinate’ federal use of blockchain tech. A new bill filed on Thursday, H.R.9067, aims to establish an office to “coordinate” federal blockchain technology applications.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Darren Soto, a Democrat serving the 9th district of Florida, would “establish an office within the Department of Commerce to coordinate all non-defense related deployment and activities related to blockchain technology within the Federal Government.”

As of Dec. 31, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. While the text of the bill has yet to be released, the bill’s sponsor might give some indication of the kinds of blockchain technology applications such an office would seek to “coordinate.”

Soto has proven in recent months to be an increasingly vocal proponent for both cryptocurrencies — which he accepts for campaign donations — and for blockchain technology in general.

Following news that the United States Postal Service had filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system, the co-chairman of the Blockchain Caucus said in an interview that he hoped it would be put to use in the near future.

“Certainly I could see it being utilized very soon, over the next couple of election cycles,” he said.

Additionally, in September Soto announced the culmination of “nearly two years of pushing” his colleagues in the Committee on Energy and Commerce: the Digital Taxonomy Act, which will lead to a study on the use of blockchain technology in government. Creating an office as described by H.R.9067 would presumably lead to faster adoption and implementation of such technologies.

[image: Joel de Vriend]

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