The president’s rhetoric about the federal government embracing innovation and new technologies is taking hold.
At a cybersecurity summit earlier this month, Apple announced that its smartphone payment system, Apple Pay, would soon be accepted at national parks, and for debit cards issued for Social Security and veterans’ benefits. And on Feb. 18, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) announced that Pay.gov, the government’s collections portal, now accepts PayPal and Dwolla as payment options.
The federal government’s adoption of modern payment systems marks a milestone both in the technology, and in the evolution of federal government. Traditionally a laggard, the federal government’s adoption of these new payment technologies solidifies those technologies as mainstays, just as companies like Amazon and Target accepting Bitcoin legitimized digital currency.