The U.S. government's interest in smart cards originated in its electronic benefits transfer initiatives.

"We know that the EBT program is succeeding, and that cards are the key to more efficient service delivery," said Greg Woods, deputy director of Vice President Gore's National Partnerships for Reinventing Government program. "Now we have smart card technology on the horizon, so we want to advance that for services inside government and to citizens."

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