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White House Announces New Government-Wide AI Policies

White House Announces New Government-Wide AI Policies

The White House has introduced a new government-wide policy addressing the risks associated with artificial intelligence. Under a new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memorandum, federal agencies must designate a chief AI officer within 60 days create AI use case inventories detailing risks, and apply concrete safeguards by December for AI systems impacting rights or safety; non-compliant agencies must justify their actions based on safety or operational needs.

The new OMB policy aims to ensure responsible AI adoption while protecting public interests emphasizing transparency and accountability in AI use across government sectors. This follows an Executive Order issued in October establishing standards for AI safety and security, which also put a timeline out for federal agencies to develop regulations and policies regarding AI for their departments.
The White House action follows the European Union’s recent enactment of the AI Act, a first of its kind regulation that aims to promote transparency for and reduce the risk of Artificial Intelligence Systems. Following this historic legal framework in the EU, many in Congress are determining which avenues the U.S. model should take - U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Josh Hawley (R-MO) advocate for an independent oversight body to hold AI systems accountable while Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the idea that agencies create standards for AI that private companies would be forced to follow. More recently, House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) established the House Bipartisan Task Force on Artificial Intelligence. They commissioned the task force to craft a report detailing regulatory priorities for AI and establishing guiding principles to influence the AI landscape.

Across America, there are at least 45 states considering legislation on regulating artificial intelligence to secure data privacy. Because such regulations have not been passed in Congress yet, some states have taken it upon themselves to establish compliance frameworks for AI. These states include California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. The amount of enacted legislation coming from state governments is only expected to increase without federal regulation. 
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