US Funds Projects That Accelerate Government AI AdoptionFederal Agency IT Modernization Fund Will Favor Proposals With Budgets Under $6M
A federal government IT modernization funding program is looking to invest in projects that will help hasten the implementation of artificial intelligence to improve efficiencies and service delivery among government agencies. It will favor proposals with budgets under $6 million.
The Technology Modernization Fund said it would expedite the review of submitted projects that can be implemented within a budget of $6 million and 1.5 years. There's no deadline to apply.
The TMF, which is part of the General Services Administration, invests in technology projects across the government, providing incremental funding, technical assistance and oversight. It has received $225 million so far through annual appropriations and $1 billion through a March 2021 economic stimulus law.
The fund's call for proposals says funders are looking for projects that enable rapid AI deployment, process automation and delivery of assistive technology; create better customer experience; and reduce the administrative burden for staff while achieving goals mandated in the Biden executive order to develop and use safe, secure and trustworthy AI. In a 90-day update to the executive order, the administration said the fund has evaluated ways to prioritize agencies' adoption of AI through the governmentwide IT fund (see: Biden's AI Executive Order, 90 Days On).
"As one of the world's largest enterprises, the federal government has an obligation to harness the power of AI for good while protecting people from its risks," said TMF Board Chair and Federal Chief Information Officer Clare Martorana.
The organization has so far identified more than 700 use cases for AI in the federal government, she said. They include anticipating and mitigating prescription drug shortages, addressing supply chain issues, and assisting cyber forensic specialists in detecting anomalies and potential threats in federal civilian networks.
Organizations submitting proposals must ensure they have a "clear" plan for user testing, risk mitigation, evaluation metrics and senior executive support, the announcement says.