Federal News Network: AI, cloud to bring about ‘next generation’ of GAO oversight

“The Government Accountability Office is resolute in its commitment to transforming its oversight through artificial intelligence and cloud systems.

GAO’s chief scientist Tim Persons said in an interview with Federal News Network that these emerging capabilities transformed analytics within the agency. Users can now search keywords to yield specific paragraphs, and interactive dashboards enable staff to immerse themselves in different pockets of data.

‘We have special authorities and access as an agency into just the entire array of federal government problems,’ Persons said of GAO, as part of Federal Monthly Insights — Cloud and Artificial Intelligence. ‘We’re trying to make good government, better government … And a lot of that is computing, or converting, questions into answers in the state-of-the-art way.’…”

“In GAO’s Innovation Lab, Persons and his team build their technology through a process of reverse engineering. They look at the deficiencies in government oversight, then build capabilities like AI in the cloud to solve those problems.

But GAO won’t utilize AI in a way that entirely eliminates human involvement, Persons said. While machine learning has a multitude of applications, Persons envisions a human-centered future in oversight rather than a droid-centered one…”

“’GAO are the stewards of everyone else’s data,’ Persons said. ‘Cloud often sounds like I’m just going to dump all this in a data lake … it’s not that at all. You’re going to have a nice, strong data governance system.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: AI, cloud to bring about ‘next generation’ of GAO oversight – By Jonathan Tercasio, June 8, 2021. Federal News Network.

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