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DHS Names First Chief AI Officer

The Department of Homeland Security has appointed current CIO Eric Hysen as the Department’s first Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer (CAIO).  Hysen will continue to serve concurrently as CIO.

Hysen’s appointment was announced by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, along with new policies developed by the DHS AI Task Force to ensure the responsible use of AI technologies by the Department. The two new policies announced by DHS are:

  • Policy Statement 139-06 “Acquisition and Use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning by DHS Components:” Establishes the foundation for DHS’s use of AI with a clear set of principles, including that DHS systems, programs, and activities using AI will conform to the requirements of Executive Order 13960, Promoting the Use of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Federal Government. DHS will not collect, use, or disseminate data used in AI activities, or establish AI-enabled systems that make or support decisions, based on the inappropriate consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, nationality, medical condition, or disability.
  • Directive 026-11, “Use of Face Recognition and Face Capture Technologies:” Dictates that all uses of face recognition and face capture technologies will be thoroughly tested to ensure there is no unintended bias or disparate impact in accordance with national standards.

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