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Federal authorities are cautioning employers about using tools like artificial intelligence (AI) in employment decisions because it could impede access to opportunities for people with disabilities in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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As the Federal government and Department of Defense look to find creative solutions to problems, creators will need to emphasize getting accurate nonbiased data and understanding the user experience (UX) of their product if they look to create something that is both useful and used, the Chief Data Officer for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said.

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The General Service Administration’s (GSA) Artificial Intelligence Center of Excellence (AI CoE) has launched an Applied AI Challenge that seeks to bring forth industry solutions for AI technologies, the AI CoE announced. The challenge aims to find solutions to aid citizen service delivery in areas of natural language processing engines, unified platforms, computer vision engines, and general AI functions.

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The National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) held its first meeting on May 4, where it established five working groups to improve the committee’s efficiency and laid out a vision for what the panel hopes to accomplish.

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is in the process of taking over operational control of the Defense’s Department’s (DoD) Project Maven, which the Pentagon formed in 2017 to speed integration of big data and machine learning (ML) technologies, NGA Director Vice Adm. Robert Sharp explained on April 26 at the GEOINT 2022 Symposium.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has named Dr. Craig Martell Chief Digital and AI Officer (CDAO), where he will operate as DoD’s senior official responsible for accelerating data adoption, analytics, digital solutions, and AI functions to generate decision advantage.

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The U.S. Department of Commerce announced the appointment of 27 new experts to the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Advisory Committee (NAIAC) – the first appointments for the recently established committee.

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is building on its AI text analytics capabilities and creating a new “bring your own documents” web portal that will allow customers without an analytics background to apply natural language processing methods to an ad hoc set of documents, according to an HHS official.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that it would be awarding a black purchase agreement (BPA) with a $70 million cap to develop and implement intelligent automation, machine learning (ML), AI, and data analytics.

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The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) is emphasizing in a new report the need to tackle biases in artificial intelligence beyond just the data sets and machine learning processes – which tend to be the main points of emphasis when looking at how to make AI less biased and more equitable.

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The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into next-generation tools offers an exciting opportunity to enhance the quality and efficiency of patent and trademark examination, an official from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) said during an FCW virtual event on March 9.

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The Department of Energy (DoE) is working on finalizing an Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Playbook, and an agency official said on March 9 that it should be released sometime in fiscal year (FY) 2023.

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) said on Feb. 21 that it will allow taxpayers to opt out of using facial recognition technology to verify their identity and access online accounts, and at the same time will work to roll out login.gov as its long-term authentication solution.

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While the Defense Department (DoD) has been working hard on developing AI capabilities – and has run into challenges that DoD usually faces when acquiring new technologies – a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says it’s too soon to assess effectiveness of the overall effort.

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The Department of Energy (DoE) is pursuing tech policy and workforce training initiative aimed at illuminating ethical concerns with the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and making sure that DoE’s AI projects work to maintain human dignity and do not cause harm, an agency official said.

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Federal CIO Clare Martorana currently has a data call out to several Federal agencies asking them how they are currently using artificial intelligence (AI), their current AI use cases, and what AI work they have in production, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program manager.

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is utilizing AI and big data to predict weather disasters and alert the public in real-time, according to NOAA’s Chief Information Officer Zachary Goldstein.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that its Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO) has achieved initial operational capability in accordance with a Dec. 8, 2021 memorandum that required the establishment of CDAO, and for the office to attain initial operating capability by Feb. 1.

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A new report is ranking the U.S. first out of 160 nations in readiness to implement artificial intelligence (AI) in public services delivery to citizens. This was the topline finding in the Government AI Readiness Index, a report by Oxford Insights to determine AI readiness through 42 indicators across 10 dimensions.

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As Federal agencies look to further adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, experts both in government and industry are stressing the importance of making sure AI is mission-integrated, and that agencies are moving towards a more distributed AI approach.

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The Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) released a new report that provides a framework and assessment of current Federal AI policy, which is a structure of AI policy categories and mapping those categories to Federal organizations with related policies.

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Former Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd – who was a leading voice on technology issues during his three terms in Congress and now advises on similar issues as a managing director at Allen & Co. – said this week that a national data privacy standard is needed to put ground rules in place for wider use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) can help make small improvements to discrete agency operations, or it can be a game changer that helps agencies meet their missions in ways we can’t imagine today. MeriTalk sat down with David Kushner, executive vice president of sales at enterprise IT solutions provider ViON to discuss how agencies can move beyond narrow use cases to achieve long-lasting, impactful change with AI.

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced the launch of its Guaranteeing AI Robustness Against Detection (GARD) program, which is designed to develop new defenses against adversarial attacks on machine learning (ML) models.

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