NIST leads and participates in the development of technical standards, including international standards, that promote innovation and public trust in systems that use AI. A broad spectrum of standards for AI data, performance, and governance are – and increasingly will be – a priority for trustworthy and responsible AI.
Ensuring Awareness and Federal Coordination in AI Standards Efforts
- In its role as federal AI standards coordinator, NIST works across the government and with industry stakeholders to identify critical standards development activities, strategies, and gaps. Based on priorities outlined in the NIST-developed “Plan for Federal Engagement in AI Standards and Related Tools,” NIST is tracking AI standards development opportunities, periodically collecting and analyzing information about agencies’ AI standards-related priority activities and making recommendations through the interagency process to optimize engagement.
- NIST is facilitating federal agency coordination in the development and use of AI standards in part through the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP), which it chairs. A new ICSP AI Standards Coordination Working Group (AISCWG) will promote effective and consistent federal policies leveraging AI standards, raise awareness, and foster agencies’ use of AI to inform the development of standards. The group will help to coordinate government and private sector positions regarding AI international standards activities. NIST’s role in ensuring awareness and federal coordination of AI standards is explained in more detail here.