How to manage AI procurement in public administration
🔍 Governments are increasingly purchasing AI systems, but there is a need for responsible procurement practices to consider societal risks and opportunities.
💡 Existing resources include general guidelines, targeted recommendations, and regulatory initiatives from organizations like AI Now, UK Government, and the US Office of Management and Budget.
💼 More tools and repositories are needed to support responsible AI procurement, including RFP templates, contract clauses, and scorecards for evaluating AI ethics maturity.
🌍 Governments and public administrators buy AI at an increasingly greater scale. For example, in 2022 the US spent 2.5 times more on AI-related contracts than it did in 2017. These purchases can be very helpful, but they include high-risk systems with immense potential for harm.
💭 Public administrators who buy AI systems must have the knowledge and resources required to procure AI responsibly, taking into account societal risks and opportunities. That's where guidelines, regulations, tools, and repositories play a crucial role.
✨ The current resources for the responsible procurement of AI in public administration are helpful, but we need more attention on developing these tools further and building additional resources to ensure practitioners are fully equipped to tackle the full procurement cycle. It is critical to include practitioners to a greater degree in the development of new tools.
🔑 Responsible procurement of AI in public administration is key for public safety and for influencing the tech sector to develop AI more responsibly.
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