(BlockBar) A request of proposals aimed at exploring the viability of blockchain technology to improve state operations has been issued by Rhode Island. This comes on the heels the state relaxing certain security laws for blockchain businesses. May be the second-most dense state by population is looking forward to become a hub for the crypto industry.
Liz Tanner who is the director of the Department of Business Regulation said in a statement that she believes blockchain represents the modernization of government. She also said that it would enable bureaucratic efficiency in the state. She explained that initiatives of Rhode Island were inspired by the adoption of blockchain by overseas governments.
The request for proposals is keeping an open mind to the possibilities of the emerging technology and is not looking for specific answers to specific problems. A memo followed by the RFP states, “Suggested areas of application… include anti fraud, contracts, medical marijuana, records, notarization, registration and licensing, investigative evidence control and more.”
The director of public affairs for the Department of Administration in Rhode IslandBrenna McCabe, told Government Technology that the long list of possible applications is meant to entice more bidders. To be noted, all the applications are required to submit two proofs of concept for blockchain application. According to McCabe, by limiting the scope of the RFP the state officials did not want to stifle the ingenuity of the industry. But they can conceive of what the technology offers only after the state receives proposals.
The memo states, “With proofs of concept, [Rhode Island] can gain a better understanding of the maturity of blockchain technologies and platforms, as well as potential sustainability in state government operations.” A technical evaluation committee composed of staff from various state agencies will review the proposals. According to RPF, “The initial contract period is estimated to begin Aug. 13 for a time period determined by the winning bid(s).”
Once the proposals are reviewed, the state leaders will get a better idea of what needs to be tweaked. McCabe said that anticipated problems will stem from laws, regulations, and licensing structures that would require changes to allow for blockchain use.
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