Text: H.R.1361 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (02/26/2019)

1st Session
H. R. 1361

To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, and for other purposes.


February 26, 2019

Ms. Matsui (for herself and Mr. Guthrie) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Oversight and Reform, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To direct the Secretary of Commerce to establish a working group to recommend to Congress a definition of blockchain technology, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Blockchain Promotion Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. Working group to recommend definition of blockchain technology.

(a) Establishment.—Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Commerce shall establish within the Department of Commerce a working group to be known as the “Blockchain Working Group”.

(b) Membership.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Blockchain Working Group shall be composed of a number of members to be determined by the Secretary, to be appointed in accordance with paragraph (2).


(A) REPRESENTATIVES OF FEDERAL AGENCIES.—The Secretary shall designate Federal agencies to be represented on 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. The head of each agency so designated shall appoint an officer or employee of such agency to serve as a member of the Blockchain Working Group.


(i) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall appoint representatives of nongovernmental stakeholders with respect to block­chain technology to serve as members of the Blockchain Working Group.

(ii) REPRESENTATION OF CERTAIN STAKEHOLDERS REQUIRED.—The members of the Blockchain Working Group appointed under clause (i) shall include representatives of the following:

(I) Information and communications technology manufacturers, suppliers, software providers, service providers, and vendors.

(II) Subject matter experts representing industrial sectors other than the technology sector that the Secretary determines can benefit from blockchain technology.

(III) Small, medium, and large businesses.

(IV) Individuals and institutions engaged in academic research relating to blockchain technology.

(V) Nonprofit organizations and consumer advocacy groups engaged in activities relating to blockchain technology.

(VI) Rural and urban stakeholders.

(c) Report to Congress.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 1 year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Block­chain Working Group shall submit to Congress a report that contains—

(A) a recommended definition of the distributed ledger technology commonly referred to as “blockchain technology”; and

(B) recommendations for—

(i) 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;

(ii) a study that examines a range of potential applications, including non-financial applications, for blockchain technology; and

(iii) opportunities within Federal agencies to use blockchain technology.

(2) CONSIDERATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN DRAFT NIST REPORT.—In making recommendations under paragraph (1), the Blockchain Working Group may consider any recommendations contained in the draft of National Institute of Standards and Technology Internal Report 8202, entitled “Blockchain Technology Overview”, that was released in January 2018.

(d) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) FEDERAL AGENCY.—The term “Federal agency” means an agency, as defined in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

(2) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of Commerce.

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