NIST aims to cultivate trust in the design, development, use, and evaluation of AI technologies and systems in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life. Congress directed NIST to collaborate with the private and public sectors to develop a voluntary AI RMF. The agency’s work on the AI RMF is consistent with recommendations by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence and the Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing AI Technical Standards and Related Tools.
The Framework was developed in collaboration with the private and public sectors.
Will NIST provide additional guidance to help with using the AI RMF?
Yes. In collaboration with the private and public sectors, NIST is producing a companion Playbook as a voluntary resource for organizations navigating the AI RMF functions. It contains actionable suggestions derived from industry best practices and research insights. Organizations seeking specific guidance for how to achieve AI RMF function outcomes may borrow as many – or as few – suggestions as apply to their industry use case or interests. The first full Playbook was issued for comments on January 26, 2023. NIST encourages feedback on the Manage and Measure functions of the Playbook by February 27,,2023. A revised version will be posted several months later. After that, suggestions will be welcome at any time for any part of the Playbook. They will be reviewed and integrated on a semi-annual basis.
The Playbook will reside online only and will be updated regularly with contributions expected to come from many stakeholders. It will be part of a NIST Trustworthy and Responsible AI Resource Center that is being established. NIST already has published a variety of documents and carries out measurement and evaluation projects which inform AI risk management. See: https://www.nist.gov/artificial-intelligence