GBA Working Groups (WGs)
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.
Civil Servant members can request Working Group support for their specific use cases and challenges. Please complete the Working Group Support Request
|Working Groups||About this Working Group||Group Publications||Group Leader||View Group & Members|
|Acquisition Management||This Working Group explores new methods, tools and techniques to use blockchain technology to establish secure and trusted processes for government contractors and acquisition authorities. This group is also exploring establishing a public blockchain to store acquisition data that can be used by contractors and government offices. Private companies and government offices can apply Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotic Process Automation (RPA) to customize solutions on top of the blockchain data layer.||Read Now||Gustavo Calderon||View Group|
|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||Paul Carey||View Group|
|Big Data||The Big Data working group is a specialized body of knowledge which exists to help governments and societies understand how big data is impacting the world we live in today. THe need for blockchain/distributed ledger solutions in the big data arena is massively growing and as a working group we will identify the right measures through collaboration.||Coming Soon||Joshua Armah||View Group|
|Budgeting, Accountability & Transparency||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||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||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||Eric Ubias||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||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||Daniel Yim||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||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||Gavenraj Sodhi||View Group|
|Energy||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||Christopher Peoples||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||Michael Bombace||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||Bernie Doyle||View Group|
|Financial Regulatory & Compliance||Sub Topic: ICOs and STOs|
The Working Group will focus on compiling best practices for Initial Coin Offerings ("ICO") and Security Token Offerings ("STO") while laying out all relevant regulatory regimes and their current application and potential future implications for ICOs and STOs.
|Coming Soon||Habeeb Syed||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||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||Leadership Team||View Group|
|Healthcare||Sub Topic: Genomic Research||Read Now||Ofer A. Lidsky||View Group|
|Health Care||Sub Topic: Licensing|
Currently, credentials for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers are maintained in many fragmented and disconnected systems.
This results in many barriers to the free flow of medical personnel to the locations where they are needed. Blockchain technology can help. If a license is stored on a Blockchain, there is no person who can hold up the transfer of information. If offenses are stored on the Blockchain, any hospital can immediately see if a nurse has been charged before they hire him/her. Moving all of this to a Blockchain means easier movement for healthcare professionals, easier hiring for hospitals, and better care for patients.
|Read Now||Maria Esquela||View Group|
|Healthcare||Sub Topic: Medical Records||Read Now||Steve Wishstar||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||Shiv Aggarwal||View Group|
|Information Technology||Sub Topic: |
Blockchain Application Architecture
|Read Now||Will Button||View Group|
|Intellectual Property (IP)||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||Cynthia Gayton||View Group|
|Intellectual Property (IP)||Sub Topic: 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||Leadership roles available||View Group|
|Insurance||The Insurance Working Group examines ways that blockchain technology can support improved analysis and management of risk data and reduce the costs and administrative costs and delays. The goal is to make insurance cheaper, faster and more available.||Read Now||Dr. Johnny Nobles||View Group|
|Land Titling||This working group explores blockchain technologies to address land titling and insurance use cases around the world.||Read Now||John Dean Markunas||View Group|
|Law Enforcement||This Working Group focuses on helping law enforcement and government agencies forensically investigate and monitor illicit cryptocurrency use.|
This group supports the development of techniques and advanced search algorithms to reliably detect suspicious activities within cryptocurrency transactions and the “Dark Web”. The focus is supporting cases "threat tagged" to virtual currencies such as human trafficking, illicit drug sales, kidnapping and ransomware attacks.
|Read Now||Robert Whitaker||View Group|
|Legal, Legislative & Policy||The purpose of this working group is to provide legislative and regulatory recommendations to legislative bodies and government regulators. The group facilitates blockchain events in the physical jurisdictions of lawmakers to increase awareness and attract investment dollars to create jobs and improve competitiveness for constituents. The group also supports legislative committees and caucuses by collaborating with industry to comment on proposed legislation and bring issues of significance to the attention of lawmakers. This group also produces work products to help law firms and other non-governmental organizations and individuals understand and comply with blockchain related regulations & statutes.||Read Now||Josh Radbod||View Group|
|Legal, Legislative & Policy||Sub Topic: Legal Information Management |
Leverage Blockchain technology to make “The Law” more open, transparent and accessible– and knowable.
|Read Now||Steven Olson||View Group|
|Mining & Cryptocurrency||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||Nabeel Malik||View Group|
|Campaign and Fundraising Accountability||This group is focussed on working with charitable organizations and campaigns to promote public accountability of donated funds and contributions.||Read Now||Inman Porter||View Group|
|Records Management||This working group is interested in developing a content/records management system built on a blockchain||Jim Tomonto||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||Claudio Lima||View Group|
|Smart City||Sub Topic: Economic System||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|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||Randall Lee Pires||View Group|
|Supply Chain||Sub Topic: Food|
This working group focuses on the specific challenges for tracking food in a supply chain and bringing together stakeholders around the globe to promote exchange of professional ideas, interests, and discussion to establish best practices that encourage use of Blockchain for Food Supply chain.
|Read Now||Premal Bhatt||View Group|
|Supply Chain||Sub Topic: Licensing and Permitting||Read Now||Leadership roles available||View Group|
|Taxes||This Working Group studies how governments around the world are using blockchain and cryptocurrencies to generate revenue. They also make recommendations for other governments to implement systems, rules and laws to adapt to new technology.||Read Now||Nabeel Malik||View Group|
|Telcom, Internet & Comms||This working group focuses on how blockchain and related technologies can improve access, efficiencies and support the integrity of communications systems.||Read Now||Srinivas Konteti||View Group|
|Voting||This working group focuses on using blockchain technology to enable direct democracy and fully transparent, fraud-resistant voting.||Read Now||Susan Eustis||View Group|
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|Architecture, Engineering, and Construction||The Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) working group explores use cases for blockchain in public infrastructure. We are focused on smart cities initiatives, public infrastructure, sustainable food, water, energy, transportation, and construction applications.||Coming Soon||Thomas Wendling||Coming Soon|
|Artificial Intelligence||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Crypto Asset Management||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Banking||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Economic Development||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Education & Training||Sub Topic: Higher & Continuing Education||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Digital Identification||Under Review||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Information Technology||Sub Topic: Quantum Computing||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Insurance||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Public Accountability||Coming Soon||Read Now||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Supply Chain||Sub Topic: Pharmaceuticals ||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Simulation||Coming Soon||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Simulation||Sub Topic: Gaming||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|
|Simulation||Sub Topic: Virtual & Augmented Reality||Coming Soon||Leadership roles available||Coming Soon|