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Federal Agencies to Appoint Chief AI Officers and Establish AI Governance Boards

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued a new policy governing the use of AI systems by federal agencies, aimed at mitigating risks and maximizing the benefits of AI across federal agencies. This policy is a key component of President Biden's AI Executive Order, which directed comprehensive action to strengthen AI safety, protect privacy, advance equity, promote innovation, and more.

Appointment of Chief AI Officers and Establishment of AI Governance Boards

A notable provision of the new policy is the requirement for federal agencies to designate Chief AI Officers and establish AI Governance Boards. The Chief AI Officers will be tasked with coordinating the use of AI within their respective agencies, while the AI Governance Boards, chaired by the Deputy Secretary or equivalent, will oversee and govern the implementation of AI across the organization. This move highlights the Administration's commitment to creating a robust framework for the responsible development and deployment of AI technologies within the government.

Safeguards and Transparency in AI Implementation

The policy mandates that federal agencies implement concrete safeguards by December 1, 2024, when using AI in ways that could impact the rights or safety of Americans. These safeguards include assessing and monitoring AI's impact on the public, mitigating the risks of algorithmic discrimination, and ensuring transparency in how the government uses AI. The policy applies to a wide range of AI applications, from healthcare and education to employment and housing.

Promoting Responsible AI Innovation and Workforce Development

In addition to addressing potential risks, the policy seeks to promote responsible AI innovation within federal agencies. The guidance encourages agencies to experiment with AI technologies, such as generative AI, while ensuring that appropriate safeguards are in place. The Administration also plans to expand and upskill the federal AI workforce, with a commitment to hiring 100 AI professionals by Summer 2024 as part of the National AI Talent Surge.

Building Upon Previous Efforts in AI Governance

The OMB policy builds upon the Administration's previous efforts to establish guidelines for the responsible use of AI, including the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) AI Risk Management Framework. By requiring the appointment of Chief AI Officers and the establishment of AI Governance Boards, the Administration is taking concrete steps to ensure that AI is developed and deployed in a manner that prioritizes the rights and safety of the American public.


To ensure accountability, leadership, and oversight for the use of AI in the Federal Government, the OMB policy requires federal agencies to: Designate Chief AI Officers, who will coordinate the use of AI across their agencies. Since December, OMB and the Office of Science and Technology Policy have regularly convened these officials in a new Chief AI Officer Council to coordinate their efforts across the Federal Government and to prepare for implementation of OMB’s guidance. Establish AI Governance Boards, chaired by the Deputy Secretary or equivalent, to coordinate and govern the use of AI across the agency. As of today, the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and State have established these governance bodies, and every CFO Act agency is required to do so by May 27, 2024.