The report outlines the need for the U.S. government to adopt a universal method of entity identification in order to verify companies, nonprofits, and other organizations using a single, common unique identifier. More than 15 government, private sector, and tech experts were interviewed for this report.
A new report from the Data Foundation points to the success of a Department of Health and Human Services pilot program to divine the government’s potential to untangle the bureaucracy of federal grant reporting.
Groups like the Data Foundation have supported the use of Legal Entity Identifier for entity identification, which provides “a standard, non-proprietary, verified identification code that is managed by a global, federated system.”
Various government agencies have in recent months stated their intention to investigate the use of blockchain technology for one purpose or another. And in comments at the Data Transparency 2017 conference in Washington, D.C., in late September, Margie Graves, acting federal chief information officer working out of the Office of Management and Budget, again said that the government is examining possible uses for the blockchain.
The new format—known as the DATA Act Information Model Schema, or DAIMS—provides a durable framework that creates, out of many agencies’ spending details, one picture. Once all the agencies provided information encoded in the DAIMS, Treasury combined their submissions to publish a single, unified data set representing all of the executive branch’s spending.