Government and Blockchain, much like Rick Sanchez and Government, don't exactly see eye to eye at the best of times. But for the likes of Kevin McCarthy, who serves as the leader of the Republicans within the US House of Representatives, this may be the relationship becoming a closer one.
To be specific, McCarthy has called on the government to explore the potential application of blockchain technology within government proceedings, intending to make it far more efficient and transparent.
Attending a Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress, which took place this Tuesday, McCarthy gave a speech regarding the fact that blockchain technology is working to ‘revolutionize' underlying issues of security within the financial industry, among others, while exploring the prospect of the technology that it can work to transform the matter of ‘transparency of our own legislative process.'
“Why would we wait around and why wouldn’t we institute blockchain on our own?”
McCarthy went to ask, further adding:
“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.”
Within this speech, McCarthy ensured that, along with his rhetoric, there were a number of examples in recent memory that showed how making use of innovations in the technology space would allow for improvements to the current make-up of the government.
Examples of this included bills such as the Tested Ability to Leverage Exceptional Talent Act (TALENT). What this entailed was the establishment of a bug bounty program, allowing for freelance users to test out the security framework for the Department of Homeland Security.
This was made possible through the Strengthening and Enhancing Cyber-Capabilities by Utilizing Risk Exposure Technology Act, in conjunction with another policy which passed at the same time called Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses Act.
“So as technology continues to change our life, let’s make sure Congress has the same ability to do it,”
McCarthy said, going on to further add:
“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 speech follows on with McCarthy's own positive and generally pro-active approach towards blockchain. Last July, he along with a number of Lawmakers within the house, proposed that the government create a blockchain pilot as a means to combat and catalog infectious fungal diseases.