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Ciao, CAIOs: New Tech Role Emerges Following Federal Push

Government AI adoption continues.
Emily Hill
Contributing Writer

The U.S. federal government faces the urgent task of appointing over 400 Chief AI Officers (CAIOs) by year-end, responding to a directive from President Biden’s recent AI executive order. The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance to agencies on implementing the order, placing a CAIO at the top of the priority list.

The role involves coordinating, innovating, and managing AI-related risks, necessitating a deep connection with various agency leaders. CAIOs are expected to operate at the Senior Executive Service level, with salaries ranging from $223,184 to $212,100. While some agencies have already appointed CAIOs, challenges exist, and a summit in Boston on Dec. 14 will bring together CAIOs from various sectors.

Why it matters: The mandate to appoint CAIOs emphasizes the government’s commitment to addressing the complexities of AI across all federal agencies. The role’s significance lies in ensuring strategic coordination, risk management, and innovation in AI implementation.

  • This move aims to enhance accountability for AI-related issues within the government, aligning with broader efforts to navigate artificial intelligence as a whole.
  • The selection and effectiveness of CAIOs are critical to the success of these initiatives, requiring a blend of technical expertise and strategic leadership to drive meaningful outcomes in citizen experiences and agency operations.
  • This proactive step reflects the recognition of AI as a cornerstone technology and seeks to position the U.S. government at the forefront of responsible and innovative AI implementation on a national scale.

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