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Draft Policy on the Use of AI in the Federal Government
In November 2023, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published for public input a draft policy for the use of AI by the U.S. government. This draft policy would empower Federal agencies to leverage AI to improve government services and more equitably serve the American people.
The document focuses on three main pillars:
- Strengthening AI governance;
- Advancing responsible AI innovation; and
- Managing risks from the use of AI by directing agencies to adopt mandatory safeguards for the development and use of AI that impacts the rights and safety of the public.
The public comment period was open from November 1 – December 5, 2023.
NIST Implementation of EO 14110
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking input to assist in carrying out several of its responsibilities under Executive Order 14110 on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of AI.
The Request for Information (RFI) addresses multiple actions outlined in the EO, including to:
- Develop a companion resource to the AI Risk Management Framework for generative AI
- Develop guidelines for AI red teaming
- Develop guidance and benchmarks for evaluating and auditing AI capabilities
- Develop a report on identifying and labeling synthetic content produced by AI systems
- Establish a plan for global engagement on promoting and developing AI standards
Comments are due by February 2, 2024.
Reporting the Training of Powerful AI Models by Foreign Clients
The Department of Commerce is seeking input on a draft rule that proposes to compel U.S. cloud companies that provide computing power for foreign AI training to report that they are doing so. The Department of Commerce’s proposal would, if finalized as proposed, require cloud providers to alert the government when foreign clients train the most powerful models, which could be used for malign activity.
Comments are due by April 29, 2024.
Prioritization of Generative AI in the FedRAMP Authorization Process
The FedRAMP program oversees the process of reviewing the security of cloud services for federal agencies, to help accelerate the U.S. government’s ability to use innovative technologies to deliver public services and meet its mission.
To meet this goal, FedRAMP is seeking public feedback on a draft framework that would prioritize emerging technologies, starting with generative AI, as directed by EO 14110.
Comments are due by March 11, 2024.
AI in Global Development
The United States Agency for International Development and Department of State are seeking input on the risks and opportunities of AI in contexts beyond U.S. borders. This request for information will support their work to develop an AI in Global Development Playbook, per EO 14110.
Comments are due by March 1, 2024.
Updates to Privacy Impact Assessments
A privacy impact assessment (PIA) is a tool that Executive Branch departments and agencies use to analyze privacy risks associated with their activities and make information available to the public about that analysis and safeguards to mitigate those risks. Per Executive Order 14110, the Office of Management and Budget is issuing a request for information seeking public input on how PIAs may be more effective at mitigating privacy risks, including those that are further exacerbated by artificial intelligence and other advances in technology and data capabilities.
Comments are due by April 1, 2024.
Schedule A Consideration of STEM Occupations
As directed by Executive Order 14110, the Department of Labor is seeking input on how the Department may establish a reliable, objective, and transparent methodology for revising Schedule A to include STEM and other non-STEM occupations that are experiencing labor shortages.
Comments are due by February 20, 2024.
National Priorities on Artificial Intelligence
In May 2023, the White House issued a request for input on U.S. national priorities and future actions on AI. Comments submitted by the public informed the development of the AI Executive Order and other executive actions.
Implementation of the National AI Research Resource
In May 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation issued a request for input on approaches to implement the National AI Research Resource based on their preliminary recommendations. Comments submitted by the public informed the final report from the National AI Research Resource Task Force.
Initial Input for the National AI Research Resource
In July 2021, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation issued a request for input to inform the work of the National AI Research Resource Task Force. Comments submitted by the public informed the preliminary recommendations and interim report of the task force.