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Suzette Kent: Trump Admin Going ‘Beyond Technical’ in AI Implementation

Jeff Brody
Suzette Kent

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent said at an IBM and Partnership for Public Service event that the administration is aiming to go “beyond the technical” in artificial intelligence efforts, Federal News Network reported Friday. Kent, a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, noted that AI implementation must also focus on factors such as data collection, regulatory matters and retraining “a broader swath of employees.”

Andrea Bright, assistant secretary of the Customs and Border Protection Office of Human Resources, noted that the Department of Homeland Security component is leveraging AI to potentially support functions such as video analysis for law enforcement applications.

“We are moving towards automating some of that activity that allows the Border Patrol agents to do the work that they want to do,” she said.

Last year, the National Science Foundation launched a Career Compass Challenge that tasks participants to develop an app that matches employees’ skills and relevant government jobs and supports further technology training opportunities.

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