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Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

On April 29, 2024, NIST released four draft publications intended to help improve the safety, security and trustworthiness of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in support of President Biden's Executive Order. Comments due by June 2.  

NIST also launched a challenge series that will support development of methods to distinguish between content produced by humans and content produced by AI. 

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NIST’s Responsibilities Under the October 30, 2023 Executive Order


The President’s Executive Order (EO) on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (14110) issued on October 30, 2023, charges multiple agencies – including NIST – with producing guidelines and taking other actions:

  • Develop a companion resource to the NIST AI Risk Management Framework, NIST AI 100-1 for  generative AI.
  • Develop a companion resource to the NIST Secure Software Development Framework to incorporate secure-development practices for generative AI and dual-use foundation models.
  • Launch a new initiative to create guidance and benchmarks for evaluating AI capabilities, with a focus on capabilities that could cause harm.
  • Develop and help to ensure the availability of testing environments in coordination with the Department of Energy (DoE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • Establish guidelines and processes – except for AI used as a component of a national security system – to enable developers of generative AI, especially dual-use foundation models, to conduct AI red-teaming tests to enable deployment of safe, secure, and trustworthy systems. 
  • Initiate an effort to engage with industry and relevant stakeholders to develop guidelines for possible use by synthetic nucleic acid sequence providers. 
  • Develop a report to the Director of OMB and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs identifying existing standards, tools, methods, and practices, as well as the potential development of further science-backed standards and techniques for authenticating, labeling or detecting synthetic content; preventing generative AI from producing child sexual abuse material or producing non-consensual intimate imagery of real individuals; and testing software for the above mentioned purposes. 
  • Create guidelines for agencies to evaluate the efficacy of differential-privacy-guarantee protections, including for AI.
  • Establish a plan for global engagement on promoting and developing AI standards.

Most of the EO tasks to NIST have a 270 day deadline. 

NIST is seeking public comment on draft documents produced under the EO.

For EO-related questions email: ai-inquiries [at] (ai-inquiries[at]nist[dot]gov).

NIST's due dates under Executive Order 14110


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