Technology Fund Seeking Proposals for Investments in Artificial Intelligence

Revamping Government AI Usage with the Technology Modernization Fund: Balancing Progress and Responsibility

The Technology Modernization Fund is currently seeking proposals for investments in artificial intelligence as part of the Biden administration’s executive order. This fund offers various funding options to help agencies improve coordination and modernize legacy systems in order to advance their mission. Proposals must include a clear plan for user testing, risk mitigation, evaluation metrics, and senior executive support.

Agencies looking for $6 million or less with a project timeline of no more than 1.5 years will receive an expedited review process for investment. The use of the TMF has the potential to accelerate AI usage in government. A recent GAO report found that there are 228 AI applications currently in use by federal agencies, with another 500 in the planning stages and another 500 in the research or exploratory stage.

The government must manage the use of AI in a responsible way to minimize risk, achieve intended outcomes, and avoid unintended consequences. Both the House and Senate have taken an interest in this issue, with a bill requiring agencies to be more transparent when using automated intelligence and systems such as facial recognition software to interact with the public or make decisions.

The Technology Modernization Fund is a government-wide fund designed to provide up-front money for IT projects rather than stretch out the spending over time, often at a higher cost. Allocations from the fund have mostly gone toward projects to replace legacy systems.

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