US Treasury distributes blockchain subsidies

Jan 14 · 2 min read

US Treasury distributes blockchain subsidies

The U.S. Treasury is testing a new blockchain-based government subsidy process. The new system is designed to make the allocation and use of funding more efficient through traceable data storage.

Blockchain applications are increasingly finding their way into official processes. This also applies to the US Treasury Department, which is testing a subsidy program on a blockchain basis. The new system is intended to store and track data, which enables more efficient allocation and use of grants.

Funding through blockchain

The blockchain-based letter of credit for recipients of state funding is nearing the end of its test phase. This emerges from a lecture by Craig Fischer, head of the innovation program at the Ministry of Finance, at a conference on the modernization of financial systems, of which the specialist magazine Federal Computer Week (FCW) reported on January 10.

The system uses tokens as letters of credit in peer-to-peer transfer to track the flow of government grants to beneficiaries. The tokenization is primarily used to collect and track relevant data and is also intended to make transactions more secure. The blockchain stores information about the recipient and provides access to transaction details such as the amount of the money and the time of the award.

U.S. Treasury Department distributes blockchain subsidies

Fischer added that the beneficiaries must have a wallet linked to a bank account. However, access to a tokenized letter of credit is restricted for security reasons, says Fischer:

This is not the Bitcoin network where everything is visible.

Since September of last year, the U.S. Treasury Department has worked with San Diego State University, Duke University, and the National Science Foundation to develop the blockchain-based system. If the further tests run without complications, a start is expected at the end of January.

SME promotion made in China

The Chinese authorities are now increasingly using blockchain applications to optimize official processes. The Chinese province of Guangdong recently launched a financing platform to improve the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The platform is used to analyze and evaluate commercial loans. A comprehensive database is available that is made up of government data and catalogs information from more than eleven million companies. The platform is a useful tool for distributing loans to SMEs and minimizing risks through transparent data transfers.


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