Trump White House Doubles Down on US Commitment to Blockchain

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

Speaking at Data Transparency 2017, a conference exploring the role of open data in government this week, two senior White House officials emphasized that distributed ledger technology is increasingly being viewed as essential to U.S. 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.

The remarks are notable given that the OMB, which is headed by Congressional Blockchain Caucus co-founder Mick Mulvaney, is responsible for carrying out the president's vision for the executive branch of government – a core tenet of which is streamlining bureaucracy and improving responsiveness to citizens through technology.

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