NIST Releases Draft Plan for Federal Engagement in AI Standards Development

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking public comment on a draft plan for federal government engagement in advancing artificial intelligence (AI) standards for U.S. economic and national security needs. The draft plan recommends four actions: bolster AI standards-related knowledge, leadership and coordination among federal agencies; promote focused research on the “trustworthiness” of AI; support and expand public-private partnerships; and engage with international parties. 

The document U.S. Leadership in AI: Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical Standards and Related Tools, was published on July 2, 2019 in response to a February 2019 Executive Order that directed federal agencies to take steps to ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership position in AI. The draft plan was developed with input from various stakeholders through a May 1 Request for Information, a May 30 workshop and federal agency review. Comments may be submitted to ai_standards@nist.gov through July 19, 2019. In accordance with the February Executive Order, a final plan is due to the White House on August 10, 2019.

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