Federal Manager's Daily Report

OMB has told agencies that promoting artificial intelligence “is a high priority” of the government and that they are to avoid “regulatory or non-regulatory actions that needlessly hamper AI innovation and growth.”

“When considering regulations or policies related to AI applications, agencies should continue to promote advancements in technology and innovation, while protecting American technology, economic and national security, privacy, civil liberties, and other American values, including the principles of freedom, human rights, the rule of law, and respect for intellectual property,” memo M-21-6 says.

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“While narrowly tailored and evidence based regulations that address specific and identifiable risks could provide an enabling environment for U.S. companies to maintain global competitiveness, agencies must avoid a precautionary approach that holds AI systems to an impossibly high standard such that society cannot enjoy their benefits and that could undermine America’s position as the global leader in AI innovation.”

It says that agencies should: balance the risk of AI against the risk of what it would complement or replace; consider the effect of federal regulation on existing or potential actions by state and local governments; contribute to public trust in AI by promoting “reliable, robust, and trustworthy AI applications”; among other considerations.

“Although federal agencies currently use AI in many ways to perform their missions, government use of AI is outside the scope of this memorandum,” it adds.