OMB Memorandum M-24-10: Advancing Governance, Innovation, and Risk Management for Agency Use of Artificial Intelligence, dated March 28, 2024, outlines directives for federal agencies to enhance governance and risk management in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The requirements of M-24-10 signify a significant step towards responsible AI implementation in federal operations, emphasizing the need for transparency, accountability, and risk management to protect public rights and safety. Key points include:

  • Agencies must appoint a Chief AI Officer (CAIO) to oversee AI governance and coordinate with existing officials.
  • Establishment of AI governance structures, such as AI Governance Boards, is mandated to manage AI risks and promote innovation.
  • Agencies are required to develop strategies for responsible AI use, addressing barriers and improving AI maturity.
  • Minimum practices for managing risks from AI, especially those impacting public rights and safety, are specified.
  • Agencies must maintain transparency in AI operations and be accountable for AI’s impact on the public.