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National lawmakers propose bipartisan bill to manage risks of artificial intelligence

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Federal agencies may soon be required to adopt a risk management framework for artificial intelligence (AI) usage under a new bipartisan bill proposed by lawmakers. The legislation aims to address potential risks associated with the use of AI by federal […]

National lawmakers propose bipartisan bill to manage risks of artificial intelligence

Federal agencies may soon be required to adopt a risk management framework for artificial intelligence (AI) usage under a new bipartisan bill proposed by lawmakers. The legislation aims to address potential risks associated with the use of AI by federal agencies, including data security, disinformation, and irresponsibility.

The bill would mandate the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidelines aligned with the risk management framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for federal entities. Additionally, it would require the Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council to ensure that agencies acquire AI systems that incorporate this framework. NIST would be tasked with developing capabilities for assessing AI procurement.

The legislation would come into effect one year after its enactment, with NIST required to issue guidance on managing the risks of AI for federal entities. The OMB would have a deadline of 180 days to issue guidelines that would stipulate agencies’ inclusion of this framework in their AI risk management protocols, in accordance with NIST’s guidance.

Representative Ted Lieu from the Democratic party reportedly plans to introduce a similar bill in the House in the near future.

The lawmakers’ initiative aims to strengthen risk management practices in the use of AI by federal agencies. According to Jerry Moran, it is crucial for the federal government to follow NIST’s guidelines on AI to realize its benefits while minimizing risks.

The bill also addresses requirements related to AI system procurement, access to relevant data, and assessments conducted by competent agencies.

By prescribing guidelines for AI usage and ensuring expertise in this field, the legislation takes an important step toward leveraging this technology in an efficient and secure environment.

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