US Gov’t Opens Call for Blockchain Anti-Forgery Documentation Management System

Small enterprises and startups can apply in the bidding process, which will award $800,000 to the winners.

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a public call for a blockchain-driven anti-fraud documentation management system. The initiative, dubbed “Preventing forgery and counterfeiting of certificates and licenses,” is open to startups and established small companies with less than $1 million in government contracts in the previous year and under 200 employees, DHS said on Wednesday.

The Homeland Department decided to use distributed ledger technology (DLT), as blockchain can track all activities and thus prevent forgery and raise security. The applicants should offer the DLT solution for the department’s daily work including issuing licenses, certification, and entitlements for sensitive topics that need a lot of personal data.

The companies should develop blockchain solutions for one, several, or all of the following topics: management of documents related to immigration status, citizenship, travel and employment as well as cross-border oil import tracking, and analyzing the origin of raw material imports.

 “Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, from a government perspective, holds the potential for enhanced transparency and auditing of public service operations, greater visibility into multi-party business operations, and automation of paper-based processes to improve delivery of services to organizations and citizens,” the call reads.

The applicants can file their proposals in three cycles next year – until January 11, March 13, and May 2019. The winners will receive $800,000 in non-dilutive funding over four phases. The DHS call is under the Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

“SVIP is a bridge between the early-stage startup community and the Homeland Security Enterprise. DHS has need of the innovations coming from this community to ensure we are at least a step ahead of national security threats,” SVIP Managing Director Melissa  Oh said in the DHS statement.

The Homeland Department has different policies towards cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology. Earlier this week, the body a pre-solicitation document for new methods for de-anonymizing transactions in privacy coin blockchains.

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