Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Will Hurd, R-Texas introduced a Congressional resolution detailing a national strategy for artificial intelligence that proposes a unified approach for developing U.S. leadership in AI.
The concurrent resolution, introduced in the House Wednesday, is the culmination of months of work Kelly and Hurd conducted in partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center. Along the way, the group produced four white papers, each focusing on a different issue in AI. Recommendations made in each separate paper—covering workforce, research and development, national security and ethics—form the basis of the resolution.
The strategy is meant to outline a whole of government vision for artificial intelligence. The resolution lays the groundwork for a more unified AI effort across government, as opposed to piecemeal, agency-by-agency efforts to implement the technology.
“Artificial Intelligence is rapidly changing our world, including how the federal government operates and delivers vital services to the public,” Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., said in the press release announcing the resolution. Connolly signed on as an original co-sponsor.
An aide to Kelly told Nextgov the resolution aims to show federal employees and agency innovators that when it comes to AI, they are not alone—Congress backs their efforts. The strategy resets the conversation around AI so the federal workforce can prepare for a future where AI is a part of every workday, the aide said.