GAB Forum: AI in Government
Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:58AM
Jen Bachner

Yesterday's Government Analytics Breakfast Forum discussed how agencies are leveraging AI technologies to improve accessibility compliance as well as the security clearance process.  

All technology developed or commissioned by the government should meet specific accessibility standards outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Marina Fox, .GOV Domain Services Manager at the General Services Administration, explained how her team has developed an algorithm-based natural language processing tool to evaluate solicitations to determine if they are Section 508 compliant.  Greater use of this AI tool by agencies seeking to procure new technologies should minimize the development of software, apps and other products that fail to meet accessibility standards.  Read more about GSA's use of this AI technology on FedScoop

Terry Carpenter, program executive officer for the National Background Investigation Service, is also using AI tools to improve government operations.  His team has developed a digital form to replace the complicated paper forms previously used to gather information for security clearances.  The data inputted into the digital form can now be analyzed alongside data gathered from both private and public sources to produce a summary recommendation that is presented to decision makers with the supporting evidence.  Read more about how AI is improving the security clearance process on NextGov.

A full recording of the event can be viewed here.  Click here to subscribe to the GAB Forum invitation list.

Article originally appeared on Governmental Studies at Johns Hopkins University (
See website for complete article licensing information.