The National AI Initiative Act of 2020 calls for the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence, to establish the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC). The NAIAC is tasked with advising the President and the National AI Initiative Office on topics related to the National AI Initiative. This Advisory Committee is in the process of being established.

In doing this work, Congress has directed the NAIAC to provide recommendations on topics including the current state of U.S. AI competitiveness; progress in implementing the Initiative; the state of science around AI; issues related to AI workforce; how to leverage Initiative resources; the need to update the Initiative; the balance of activities and funding across the Initiative; the adequacy of the National AI R&D strategic plan; management, coordination, and activities of the Initiative; adequacy of addressing societal issues; opportunities for international cooperation; issues related to accountability and legal rights; and how AI can enhance opportunities for diverse geographic regions.

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As directed by Congress, the National AI Advisory Committee will establish a subcommittee to consider matters related to the use of AI in law enforcement. This subcommittee will provide advice to the President on topics that include bias, security of data, the adoptability of AI for security or law enforcement, and legal standards that include those that ensure that AI use is consistent with privacy rights, civil rights and civil liberties, and disability rights.

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The NAIAC will consist of expert leaders from a broad and interdisciplinary range of AI-relevant disciplines from across academia, industry, non-profits and civil society, and Federal laboratories. These experts will be qualified to provide advice and information on science and technology research, development, ethics, standards, education, technology transfer, commercial application, security, and economic competitiveness related to artificial intelligence.

Nominations for initial membership on the NAIAC and its Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement are open until October 25, 2021. See an announcement by the Department of Commerce; and the Federal Register Notice outlining details on how to submit nominations. A Frequently Asked Questions document answers some common questions about the nomination requirements and process.

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Congress directs the NAIAC to submit a report to the President and Congress after the first year, and then again every three years, that provides their findings and recommendations on the Initiative.

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Information about NAIAC meetings will be posted once the Advisory Committee is established.

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The National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee has been established under the authority of Section 5104 of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 (Pub. L. No. 116-283) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (FACA), 5 U.S.C, App. For more information, please see the National AI Advisory Committee Charter.

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