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Comments Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget on Draft Guidance for Government Use of AI

On December 5, 2023, the Brennan Center for Justice submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), recommending changes to further strengthen the agency’s draft guidance on artificial intelligence (AI) use by federal agencies.

Published: January 8, 2024
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On December 5, the Brennan Center submitted comments in response to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) request for comments on “Advancing Governance, Innovation, and Risk Management for Agency Use of Artificial Intelligence Memorandum,” (OMB-2023–0020). The comments articulate specific recommendations to further strengthen critical safeguards for safety- and rights-impacting AI systems. In particular, the Brennan Center recommends that OMB: remove wholesale exemptions of the intelligence community and national security systems from the memorandum’s minimum practices; clarify provisions exempting agencies from producing information in their public AI use case inventories and exercise oversight over these exemptions; require agencies to evaluate training data based on prevailing academic norms; tighten standards for waivers and exercise oversight over them; and maximize publicly available information about agency AI uses. By incorporating these recommendations, OMB can help ensure that people’s civil rights and civil liberties are protected from potentially harmful AI systems.