Lawmakers ask OSTP for response to AI Bill of Rights concerns.
House Science, Space and Technology Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., and House Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., recently issued a letter to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) asking for a response to 17 questions on the recently released “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights.” The lawmakers cited concerns that the blueprint conflicts with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s draft Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework.
The Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights outlines five principles for designing, deploying, and using AI and other automated systems to protect the civil rights of citizens and democratic values. These principles include safe and effective systems, algorithmic discrimination protections, and data privacy.
Lucas and Comer are asking OSTP whether they coordinated with NIST and other federal agencies during the development of the blueprint, whether they conducted an iterative multistakeholder process to create the document, and what their policy goals were when they released the document. They have requested a response by Jan. 31.
This inquiry comes at an important time, as the Potomac Officers Club will be hosting its 4th Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit. At the summit, DOD and GovCon industry leaders will discuss recent AI advancements and cutting-edge development approaches for 2023 and beyond.
The questions posed by Lucas and Comer are important for ensuring that the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights is consistent with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework. This consistency is essential for protecting the civil rights of citizens and democratic values in the development and use of AI and other automated systems. The Potomac Officers Club’s 4th Annual Artificial Intelligence Summit is also an important event for keeping up with the latest developments in AI and discussing the best approaches for 2023 and beyond.