Government Contracts E.O. 13960 Establishes Principles for Use of Artificial Intelligence
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Monday, January 11, 2021

E.O. 13960 Establishes Principles for Use of Artificial Intelligence

By Government Contracts Editorial Staff

Executive Order 13960, Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government, announces the government’s policy to promote the innovation and use of AI, where appropriate, to improve government operations and services in a manner that fosters public trust, builds confidence, protects our values, and remains consistent with applicable laws, including those related to privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. The order states that agencies are “already leading the way in the use of AI by applying it to accelerate regulatory reform; review … solicitations for regulatory compliance; combat fraud, waste, and abuse committed against taxpayers; identify information security threats and assess trends in related illicit activities; enhance the security and interoperability of … Government information systems; facilitate review of large datasets; streamline processes for grant applications; model weather patterns; facilitate predictive maintenance; and much more.” Agencies are encouraged to continue to use AI, when appropriate, to benefit the American people. When designing, developing, acquiring, and using AI, agencies must adhere to eight listed principles. The order directs the Office of Management and Budget to issue policy guidance addressing these principals and supporting the use of AI. It also directs agencies to prepare inventories of non-classified and non-sensitive AI use cases pursuant to guidance to be issued by the Federal Chief Information Officers Council.

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