President Trump Launches AI Strategy For Federal Government
Article by Rajesh De, Brad L. Peterson, David L. Beam, Kendall C. Burman, Alex C. Lakatos and Howard W. Waltzman | Mayer Brown
On February 11, 2019, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence” (the “Order”) and, in doing so, set out a high-level strategy to strengthen the leadership position that the United States has maintained in AI. Important for companies, the Order sets off a number of opportunities for the private sector to give comments back to the federal government on how it can make changes that strengthen private sector AI development.
- Regulatory Review and Standards Development: Within six months, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”), along with the participation of other relevant agencies, must issue a memorandum that instructs agencies on the “development of regulatory and non-regulatory approaches…regarding technologies and industrial sectors that are either empowered or enabled by AI,” as well as “ways to reduce barriers to the use of AI technologies.” The public will be given the opportunity to comment on this memo before it’s finalized. After the issuance of the memo, the agencies will then have six months to review their authorities affected by the memo and submit a plan to OMB on how they plan to achieve consistency with the memorandum. Separately, the Order also requires the National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) to issue a plan within six months on how it will develop “technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.”