The Government Blockchain Association Working Groups align with common use cases that governments around the world encounter on a regular basis. In order to help those governments in meeting their missions to serve citizens, GBA Working Groups evaluate needs and develop blockchain recommendations, solutions and publications. Members are strongly encouraged to produce content in the form of blogs, white papers, presentations and other publications. These artifacts may be available to the general public and published on the GBA website.
How Do Working Groups Function?
Each Working Group is structured to be a self sufficient entity with an established leadership team that brings the Working Group members together onto a common agenda. Working with government sponsors, the Working Group’s leadership team establishes goals and target activities to deliver real value within a reasonable timeline. These opportunities are then presented to the members of the group to pursue by forming:
- study groups
- research or surveys teams
- engagement teams
- analysis teams
- writing teams
In accordance with guidance established by the IEEE, GBA leadership has issued guidelines for how these working groups will operate. Working Group participants will convene on a regular and established cadence via virtual collaboration using the GBA forums, shared documents, traditional communications and, when possible, in-person. Sub groups would be formed to tackle specific issues; for instance, the very broad category of “health care” could easily apply blockchain in over a dozen different types of healthcare use cases. Similarly, supply chain logistics (as a broad category) may be unique in the defense community (specifically) and may need its own analysis and recommendations.
Why Should GBA Members Participate?
Working Group participation entails an investment of time, commitment, and team work. Members will contribute to the identification, solution, and recommendations of opportunities and projects that align with Government needs and missions. By participating in a Working Group, members will collaborate with other members and may find opportunities to become recognized as thought leaders, advisors, or Subject Matter Experts (SME).
To join a Working Group, the member must be a Civil Servant, Profesional Member, or Corporate Member of GBA. The registered member should click the “View Group” link of the group they would like to join in the table below and then click on the “Join Group” button in the Working Group Profile when it loads. Once you are a member of the group, contact the Working Group Leader to learn about the ways they can get involved in Working Group activities.
|Working Groups||About this Working Group||Group Publications||Schedule||Group Leader||View Group & Members|
|Asset Management||This Working Group will identify and discuss how blockchain technology will disrupt asset management as a systematic process of developing, operating, maintaining, upgrading, and disposing of assets cost-effectively.||Read Now||Events||Paul Carey||View Group|
|Budgeting, Appropriations & Tracking Working Group||Local, state (provincial), national and international government employees, along with members of the Government Blockchain Association, are invited to participate in a Working Group to study the opportunities and risks of blockchain technologies when applied to government budgeting, appropriations and tracking.||Read Now||Events||Steven Olson||View Group|
|Cannabis||This groups studies the legal, regulatory, financial, technical and the many issues regarding the complex framework of constraints and opportunities around the cannabis industry for medical, recreational and numerous other uses.||Read Now||Events||Amy Berliner||View Group|
|Contract Management||The Contract Management Group studies opportunities to use blockchain technologies to improve contract management and payment practices.||Read Now||Events||Jelena Djuric||View Group|
|CyberSecurity||Identifies, studies, and develops informative materials to improve the body of technologies, processes and practices to protect information technology assets such as networks, computers, programs and data from hostile attacks, damage or unauthorized access.||Read Now||Events||Ajay Chandhok||View Group|
|Economic Analysis||The goal of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Economic Analysis Working Group is to evaluate the economic impacts of technologies involving blockchain and to offer impartial economic advice.||Read Now||Events||Daniel Yim||View Group|
|Financial Regulatory & Compliance||This working group focuses on the current day and emerging regulatory demands and impacts to compliance programs with Blockchain technology and the financial and payments sectors. This working group encourages Blockchain companies, government regulators, law enforcement, and professionals in the financial regulatory and financial crimes space to join and contribute.||Read Now||Events||Michael Bombace||View Group|
|Financial Regulatory & Compliance||Sub Topic: Self Regulation|
The purpose of this working group is to explore methods, tools and best practices designed to promote self regulation of the blockchain and cryptocurrency ecosystem. The group explores ways that support compliance with existing government rules, regulations and principles. The ultimate objective is to establish a stable environment for both legal compliance and innovative growth and societal benefit.
|Read Now||Events||David Anderson||View Group|
|Financial Regulatory & Compliance||Sub Topic: Financial Oversight|
The Working Group studies opportunities to use blockchain technologies to improve a variety of financial system practicalities.
|Read Now||Events||Bernie Doyle||View Group|
|Education and Training||The Education and Training Working Group advises GBA staff in the direction and guidance on the long-term education and training goals and objectives of the Association.|
The Committee’s Major Role will be to establish and maintain the organization’s Common Body of Knowledge (“GBA CBOK”) and relate this CBOK to the GBA training and certification programs. The instructional design of the core curriculum shall focus primarily on addressing the educational needs of blockchain professionals to develop and advance their careers.
|Read Now||Events||Bryant Nielson||View Group|
|Education and Training||Sub Topic: Early Education|
The Working Group studies opportunities to use blockchain technologies to support the needs of students below the high school level.
|Read Now||Events||Gavenraj Sodhi||View Group|
|Energy Working Group||The purpose of the Energy Working Group is to identify unique problem sets and challenges faced by public and private entities regarding energy supply, distribution and regulation. The group will explore innovative blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to address these challenges to increase the efficiency, security, resilience and sustainability.||Read Now||Events||Christopher Peoples||View Group|
|Government Ontology||The purpose of this working group is to identify an information architecture to facilitate the integration and interoperability of blockchains across different levels and functions of governments.||Read Now||Events||Steve Olson||View Group|
|Health Care||The GBA Healthcare Working Group (HWG) focuses on applications of blockchain technology to the needs of the healthcare sector.||Read Now||Events||Kenneth MBale & Jim St. Clair||View Group|
|Health Care||Sub Topic: Genomic Research||Read Now||Events||Vacant||View Group|
|Health Care||Sub Topic: Medical Records||Read Now||Events||Vacant||View Group|
|Identity Management||The purpose of this group is to work with the many identity management organizations, frameworks and standards and try to bring the blockchain solution providers together around common protocols to identify people, places, and organizations while protecting the privacy of individuals. This groups studies how you can make the needed information while protecting the sovereignty of the identity data.||Read Now||Events||Peter Joukov||View Group|
|Intellectual Property (IP) - Software||Exploring applications of blockchain technology to facilitate use of standard Software ID Tags (SWIDs) to manage the disposition of end-user software products and licenses.||Read Now||Events||Jim K. Tyson||View Group|
|Intellectual Property (IP) - Music||Sub Topic: Music|
This group discusses how blockchain could address problems including artists must surrender too much of the value to music distribution outlets and other industry entities and that creators of music, images and publications are not protected adequately.
|Read Now||Events||Vacant||View Group|
|Land Titling||This working group explores blockchain technologies to address land titling and insurance use cases around the world.||Read Now||Events||John Dean Markunas||View Group|
|Legislative & Legal||The purpose of this working group is to provide legislative and regulatory recommendations to legislative bodies and government regulators.||Read Now||Events||Joel Braithwaite||View Group|
|Legislative & Legal||Sub Topic: Legal Information Management |
Leverage Blockchain technology to make “The Law” more open, transparent and accessible– and knowable.
|Read Now||Events||Steven Olson||View Group|
|Mining||This working group is for cryptocurrency developers, investors, entrepreneurs, companies and enthusiasts to communicate, collaborate, and discuss new ways to leverage blockchain technology for government contractors and institutions. We will discuss the impact that mining, and the use of cryptocurrencies will have on taxation, regulation and economic activity.||Read Now||Events||Nabeel Malik||View Group|
|Smart City||A smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic data collection sensors to supply information used to manage assets and resources efficiently.||Read Now||Events||Alexis Kostura||View Group|
|Supply Chain||The group examine blockchain solutions to improve the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all logistics management activities.||Read Now||Events||Vacant||View Group|
|Supply Chain||Sub Topic: Licensing and Permitting||Read Now||Events||Nikhil Shenoy||View Group|
|Voting||This working group focuses on using blockchain technology to enable direct democracy and fully transparent, fraud-resistant voting.||Mark Page||View Group|