Help Us Battle Cryptocurrency Counterfeiting, DHS Asks in Blockchain Solicitation

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate is soliciting proposals to improve its cryptocurrency anti-forgery and counterfeiting efforts. The call for solicitations is open until noon on May 23, 2019, and DHS will evaluate applications three times.

The solicitation, “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses,” is operating under the directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP), and is looking for technical capabilities to serve U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Transportation Security Administration.

“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,” S&T SVIP Managing Director Melissa Oh said in a statement. “By releasing this solicitation, we are asking the innovation community to contribute to this work through the application of commercial solutions to homeland security use-cases.”

According to the solicitation, “DHS is interested in innovative Blockchain and DLT solutions that address the challenges of interoperable digital entitlement attestations that support individual control and accountability of data release, while incorporating digital counter-fraud technologies and tactics, enterprise lifecycle management, and a high degree of usability across service delivery modalities.”

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Multimedia journalist James Cullum is Managing Editor of Homeland Security Today's Federal Pages. He has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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