The U.S. agency that oversees foreign affairs is looking seriously at blockchain.
That's according to John Sullivan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, who encouraged the State Department and its private sector partners to embrace the technology as a way to "advance diplomacy and development objectives" at the Blockchain@State forum held Tuesday in Washington, D.
IBM and Hyperledger have signed on with the Decentralized Identity Foundation (DIF), a consortium formed earlier this year in a bid to promote interoperability and standards for blockchain-based ID systems.
The two enterprise blockchain heavyweights join a diverse group of organizations, including big corporates like Microsoft and Accenture, startups such as Civic and Gem, as well as open-source projects like uPort and Sovrin.
"This should be a signal that there is broad agreement in this area that crosses some significant strategic [and] organizational boundaries," Daniel Buchner, the DIF's executive director, told CoinDesk by email.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded a grant of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars to a blockchain startup.
Virginia-based DigitalBazaar, according to a September 25 release from the DHS, received the $749,241 in funding through the Small Business Innovation Program (SBIR). The grant, the department said, is intended to fuel the development of "fit-for-purpose blockchains" for a number of use cases.