State Dept Seeks to Integrate Blockchain in Reorganization Effort

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The State Department plans to employ blockchain technology in efforts to optimize operations as part of a department-wide reorganization, MeriTalk reported Wednesday.

The agency reorganization was ordered by the White House in March to help the department increase employee productivity and save money.

“We’re interested to learn whether blockchain technology could have direct applications to many of the key features of our proposed redesign plan–for example, in maximizing the impact and accountability of foreign assistance,” Deputy State Secretary John Sullivan said Tuesday at the George C. Marshall Center Blockchain Forum.

Sullivan added that blockchain could help address corruption, fraud, misappropriation of funds and inefficiencies in the department’s foreign aid delivery.

He also aims to forge partnerships with private companies to aid the agency’s deployment of blockchain.

The deputy state secretary announced in September that the State Department looks to integrate the cyber coordinator post and cyber office into the bureau of business and economic affairs as part of the reorganization.

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