GAO is the supreme audit institution of the U.S. government and provides evaluation and investigative services for Congress.
GAO to explore prototype applications for DLT
The two positions seek an ‘Interdisciplinary Computer Engineer/Computer Scientist’ and an ‘Interdisciplinary Assistant Director, Computer Scientist/Engineer’ to explore “emerging technologies” including blockchain.
The listings show that the lab is creating a unit to “[i]dentify, develop, test, and evaluate use case prototypes for emerging technologies” including “digital ledger (blockchain),” machine learning systems, Internet of Things (IoT), and virtual and augmented reality technologies.
Through the lab’s work, the agency hopes to “determine the most promising solutions and approaches which, if successful, could profoundly change the business of audit, investigations, and program evaluation for the future GAO.”
GAO warms to blockchain
In September 2019, the agency published a brochure asserting that distributed ledger technologies (DLT) “could fundamentally change the way government and industry conduct business” — signposting GAO’s interest in blockchain months ago.
GAO also emphasized the wide applicability of DLT across many critical sectors, including supply chain and logistics, news, energy, and healthcare.