IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
February 26, 2019
Mr. Young (for himself and Mr. Markey) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019.
Working group to recommend definition of blockchain technology
In this section—
Federal agency has the meaning given the term
agency in section 551 of title 5, United States Code; and
Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce.
Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish within the Department of Commerce a working group to be known as the
Blockchain Working Group.
The Blockchain Working Group shall be composed of members, the number of whom shall be determined by the Secretary, and who shall be appointed in accordance with paragraph (2).
Representatives of Federal agencies
Designation of Federal agencies
The Secretary shall designate Federal agencies to be represented in the Blockchain Working Group, as the Secretary considers appropriate to ensure representation of a cross-section of Federal agencies that could use, or benefit from, blockchain technology.
Appointment of members
The head of each Federal agency designated under clause (i) shall appoint an officer or employee of the Federal agency to serve as a member of the Blockchain Working Group.
Representatives of nongovernmental stakeholders
The Secretary shall appoint representatives of nongovernmental stakeholders with respect to blockchain technology to serve as members of the Blockchain Working Group.
Representation of certain stakeholders required
The members of the Blockchain Working Group appointed under clause (i) shall include representatives of—
information and communications technology manufacturers, suppliers, software providers, service providers, and vendors;
subject matter experts representing industrial sectors, other than the technology sector, that the Secretary determines could use, or benefit from, blockchain technology;
small, medium, and large businesses;
individuals and institutions engaged in academic research relating to blockchain technology;
nonprofit organizations and consumer advocacy groups engaged in activities relating to blockchain technology; and
rural and urban stakeholders.
Report to Congress
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Blockchain Working Group shall submit to Congress a report that contains—
a recommended definition of the distributed ledger technology commonly known as
blockchain technology; and
a study to be conducted by the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, on the impact of blockchain technology on electromagnetic spectrum policy;
a study to examine a range of potential applications, including nonfinancial applications, for blockchain technology; and
opportunities for Federal agencies to use blockchain technology.
Consideration of recommendations in NIST Internal Report 8202
In making recommendations under paragraph (1), the Blockchain Working Group may consider any recommendations contained in National Institute of Standards and Technology Internal Report 8202, entitled
Blockchain Technology Overview and published in October 2018.