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US Govt Announces New Policy for AI Usage in Governance, Federal Agencies Will Have Chief AI Officers

The US government is ensuring that the privacy and rights of US citizens are maintained in the AI usage by federal agencies through a new policy that requires formulating a plan to address the issue by December 2024

The US government’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has introduced a new policy for federal agencies to ensure responsible deployment and AI usage across the federal government. The policy is in line with President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on AI issued last October, the White House informed through a press release on March 28, 2024. US government’s AI Executive order: US President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on October 30, 2023, outlining measures for ensuring AI safety and security, citizen privacy, equity, protection of consumers and workers’ rights, and promoting innovation. The Order stated that developers of “most powerful” AI systems must share their safety test results and other critical information with the US government following the Defense Production Act before companies make these models public. It also proposed that “extensive red-team testing” of AI systems be done before they are released. Additionally, the Executive Order laid out guidelines that focused on protecting people’s sensitive data, addressing algorithmic discrimination, AI usage in critical sectors like healthcare and education, protecting the workforce etc. Read MediaNama’s report on the Executive Order here. What does the new OMB policy focus on? 1. Establishing safeguards for AI usage: The policy requires federal agencies to “identify and manage” AI risks that can affect people’s rights and safety. They will be required to implement concrete safeguards to tackle such risks, by December 2024. “These safeguards include a range of mandatory actions to reliably assess, test, and monitor AI’s impacts on the public, mitigate the risks…

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