April 19, 2024
Policy & Regulation

White House Mandates Comprehensive Policy for AI Risk Management

In a significant development, the White House unveiled its first comprehensive policy for controlling the risks connected with artificial intelligence (AI). The new rule requires government agencies to increase reporting on AI use and address possible threats posed by the technology.

Executive Order Implementation

In accordance with President Joe Biden’s executive order on AI, issued in October 2023, the White House memorandum mandates agencies to select a top AI officer within 60 days. This officer will oversee the disclosure of AI usage as well as the implementation of precautionary measures to mitigate the risks connected with AI deployment.

During a teleconference with media, Vice President Kamala Harris underlined the ethical obligation of leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to ensure that AI adoption prioritizes public safety while maximizing benefits.

Balancing Potential and Risk

While acknowledging AI’s potential, the Biden administration remains cautious of its evolving risks. Certain AI use cases, especially within the Department of Defense, will not be mandated for disclosure due to conflicting laws and government-wide policies.

Safeguards and Compliance

Agencies are instructed to establish specific safeguards for AI applications that could impact the rights or safety of Americans by December 1. For instance, travelers must have the option to opt out of facial recognition technology used by agencies like the Transportation Security Administration.

Agencies failing to implement these safeguards must cease using AI systems unless agency leadership can justify the heightened risks or hindrance to critical operations.

Building Reliable AI Systems

The Office of Management and Budget’s directives align with the administration’s vision outlined in the “AI Bill of Rights” and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s AI Risk Management Framework. These initiatives stress the importance of creating trustworthy AI systems.

Future Steps

The OMB seeks feedback on enforcing compliance and best practices among government contractors supplying AI technology. Additionally, the administration plans to recruit 100 AI professionals into the government by the summer, as part of the “talent surge” outlined in the October executive order.

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