Blockchain reaches the Public Administrations (AAPP) to stay. The incorporation of new technologies in the Public Administration is usually a complicated and slow process. Let’s see if it is difficult to incorporate the use of electronic media into the different phases of contracting procedures.
An example of the difficulties in introducing them into contracting processes is that after the entry into force
of the Law on Contracts of the Public Sector (LCSP) are still calling for tenders in which it admits the presentation in paper when the LCSP no longer allows it. Additional Provision 15 of the LCSP says that; notifications and communications will be made by electronic means and that the submission of bids and requests to participate will be made using these means, except when tools or devices that are not available are required; The paper presentation is an exception and must be justified in the file of hiring, which confirms the commitment of the legislator in favor of electronic contracting.
In this journey towards the generalization of electronic contracting, initiatives such as the one led by the General Director of Contracting, Patrimony and Organization of the Government of Aragon, Miguel Ángel Bernal, promoted the convening of a simplified procedure that was processed through the use of the blockchain technology. The process consisted of using a blockchain where the bids submitted by the bidders were registered and each one was assigned an electronic fingerprint and a time stamp that acted as the certificate of entry of the offer in the blockchain. During the presentation period, the block containing each offer remained inaccessible to the rest of the bidders and unmodifiable by anyone. Once the period ended, at the request of the contracting body, each bidder linked the block with its offer to a block of the contracting body and verified that the electronic fingerprints of the received blocks were the same as those registered by each bidder in the contract. blockchain. In case of identity, it meant that the registered offer was the same and that it had not been modified, so that it could already be admitted and valued. From then on, the offers linked to the block of the contracting body were made visible by all the bidders that form part of the blockchain, which came to replace the act of public opening of the offers.
Blockchain technology provides transparency because the information that is incorporated into blockchain is accessible to those who are part of the network and also all information remains unchanged, and provides efficiency to automate the processes. Another quality is that the contracting body is freed of the custody of the offers, since they are held by each bidder until they are chained for valuation. All these contributions are of great value for the procedures, which augurs that we will find new Tenders using blockchain technology.
In iCommunity we are working in this same direction, and that is why we are developing a vertical that will soon be available to any Public Administration (local or central) with the aim of democratizing and extending the use of this technology in all these organizations: iBS-AAPP . This solution will be fully customizable and adaptable to the needs of any public entity, thanks to the flexibility provided by the verticals that are part of our platform BaaS (Blockchain-as-a-Service), named; “iCommunity Blockchain Solutions“