Kamala Harris Intros Bill to Improve Federal Government’s Use Of Artificial Intelligence
The Kavanaugh hearings were not the only thing happening on Capitol Hill this week, despite how it may have appeared on cable news. Artificial intelligence (AI) also took center stage in Congress, as lawmakers try to figure out how the U.S. can cement its leadership in the emerging technology. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) on Thursday introduced legislation to improve the federal government’s use of AI. The Artificial Intelligence in Government Act aims to improve the use of AI across the federal government by providing resources and directing federal agencies to include AI in data-related planning. If passed, the measure would require the General Services Administration to bring more AI experts on board and conduct original research on federal AI policy. It would also establish a board of experts who would advise agencies on AI implementation and help them overcome obstacles to adoption. The Office of Management and Budget would be also be required to integrate AI within the federal data strategy and develop a plan for investing and implementing the technology across government. The Office of Personnel Management would also need to examine the skills needed to use AI within the federal workforce and possibly create a new occupational series for AI experts. Harris, who has previously sent letters to the FBI, FTC, and EEOC asking about potential gender, race, and age biases involved in AI, says that AI still has the potential to benefit society. “We already see its immense value in applications as diverse as diagnosing cancer to routing vehicles,” said Harris. “The AI in Government Act gives the federal government the tools and resources it needs to build its expertise and in partnership with industry and academia. The bill will help develop the policies to ensure that society reaps the benefits of these emerging technologies, while protecting people from potential risks, such as biases in AI.” Fellow sponsors of the bill include Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Rob Portman (R-OH). More here.