WASHINGTON – The Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) today announced a call for project proposals to help federal agencies implement President Biden’s Executive Order on the development and safe, secure, and reliable use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the federal government.
To support AI implementation, TMF is offering multiple funding paths to help agencies operate better across organizational boundaries, improve coordination among existing programs to advance delivery of the agency’s mission, and modernize legacy systems. Agency proposals requesting $6 million or less and having a project timeline of no more than 1.5 years will receive an expedited investment review process in an effort to help agencies achieve positive results and affect quickly.
“The Executive Order’s emphasis on investing in AI through the Technology Modernization Fund speaks to the administration’s strong commitment to responsibly explore the potential of AI innovation to improve and optimize the delivery of government services,” said Acting Executive Director of TMF, Larry Bafundo. “We are excited to partner with agencies to enable rapid deployment, process automation, assistive technology delivery, better customer experience and reduced administrative burden on staff.”
“As one of the world’s largest enterprises, the federal government has an obligation to harness the power of AI for good by protecting people from its dangers,” said TMF Board Chair and Federal Chief Information Officer, Clare Martorana. “We’ve identified more than 700 use cases where AI is being deployed across the federal government, from its use in predicting and mitigating prescription drug shortages and supply chain issues to assisting forensics specialists cyber in detecting anomalies and potential threats in federal civilian networks. Using TMF has the potential to accelerate the use of AI in government and unlock the innovation we know we are capable of delivering to the public.”
All proposals should include a clear plan for user testing, risk mitigation, evaluation metrics, and senior management support, but agencies have flexibility in how they approach their project and potential solutions.
Interested agencies can contact TMF’s Office of Program Management to discuss their project and apply for this funding.
About TMF: The Technology Modernization Fund is working to transform the way government uses technology to deliver to the American public in an equitable, secure, and user-centered way. TMF invests in technology projects across government, providing additional funding, technical assistance and oversight throughout execution to ensure the success of its investments.
TMF is overseen by the Technology Modernization Board, which is comprised of government IT leaders who represent proven expertise in technology, transformation and operations. TMF’s investments have supported projects ranging from modernizing the payment system used by the government’s second largest revenue collection agency to helping develop a new customer relationship management platform to maintained important international partnerships. To date, TMF has received $225 million through the annual budget process and $1 billion through the American Rescue Plan to fund modernization projects. For more information, visit tmf.cio.gov.
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