Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Guidance for Regulation of Artificial Intelligence Applications (OMB Memorandum M-21-06) (Nov. 17, 2020) (full-text).


This memorandum seeks to support the U.S. approach to free markets, federalism, and good regulatory practices (GRPs), which has led to a robust innovation ecosystem. When considering regulations or policies related to AI applications, agencies should continue to promote advancements in technology and innovation, while protecting American technology, economic and national security, privacy, civil liberties, and other American values, including the principles of freedom, human rights, the rule of law, and respect for intellectual property.

This Memorandum sets out policy considerations that should guide, to the extent permitted by law, regulatory and non-regulatory approaches to AI applications developed and deployed outside of the Federal government. Although Federal agencies currently use AI in many ways to perform their missions, government use of AI is outside the scope of this Memorandum. While this Memorandum uses the definition of AI recently codified in statute, it focuses on "narrow" (also known as "weak") AI, which goes beyond advanced conventional computing to learn and perform domain-specific or specialized tasks by extracting information from data sets, or other structured or unstructured sources of information.

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