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 was launched in April 2022.

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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The NAIAC consists of leaders with a broad and interdisciplinary range of AI-relevant expertise from across academia, non-profits, civil society, and the private sector. These experts are highly qualified to provide advice and information on science and technology research, development, ethics, standards, education, governance, technology transfer, commercial application, security, economic competitiveness, and other topics related to AI. The following experts serve on the NAIAC: Member Biographies.

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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. The following experts serve on the NAIAC-LE: Member Biographies.

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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, to provide the Committee’s findings and recommendations on the National AI Initiative.

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The National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee has been established by the U.S. Department of Commerce 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 on the charter, please see the National AI Advisory Committee Charter.

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Documents listed here have been drafted by Members of the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) for the purposes of explaining concepts and do not offer formal recommendations. The opinions discussed in these non-decisional documents do not represent the views of the full Committee, and should not be considered a recommendation by the NAIAC.

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Information about the NAIAC meetings will be posted here as it becomes available.


  • Meeting #9: September 29, 2023 from 12:00 – 2:00PM ET. For more information, refer to Federal Register Notice 88 FR 62547
      • Agenda
      • Registration link: https://events.nist.gov/profile/24777
      • Briefing One will be from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET
        • Invited Experts (in alphabetical order): Climate Change AI; Harvard Medical School; Khan Academy; University of Washington
      • Briefing Two will be from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET
        • Invited Experts (in alphabetical order): BSA | The Software Alliance; Copyright Alliance; Creative Commons



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