Artificial Intelligence Exploratory Committee
NACo's AI Exploratory Committee covers emerging policies, practices and potential applications and consequences of Artificial Intelligence (AI), through the lens of county government governance, operations, constituent services, innovation, public trust, privacy, and security, and workforce productivity.
AI systems have catapulted the use of advanced computer technologies within society at unprecedented scale. People across the world are recognizing the potential that AI will bring to the economy and public sector, and America’s counties need to be prepared to address this innovation with the realization that AI technology is here to stay.
Latest from the Committee
More than a dozen people involved in county administration and governance are working to figure out the future opportunities for counties and artificial intelligence.
About the Committee
2022-2023 NACo President Denise Winfrey appointed 16 county leaders from across America, representing the broad spectrum of county demographics and functions.
Judge Andy Brown, Travis County, Texas
Commissioner Gregg Weiss, Palm Beach County, Fla.
Supervisor Keith Carson, Alameda County, Calif.
Commissioner Tarryl Clark, Stearns County, Minn.
Commissioner Chad Peterson, Cass County, N.D.
Commissioner Christopher Rodgers, Douglas County, Neb.
Commissioner Chokwe Pitchford, Berrien County, Mich.
Commissioner Shinica Thomas, Wake County, N.C.
Clerk/Auditor Ricky Hatch, Weber County, Utah
Bryan Hill, County Administrator, Fairfax County, Va.
Scott Sorrel, County Administrator, Peoria County, Ill.
Scott Teruya, Director of Finance, Maui County, Hawaii
Tom Lynch, Chief Information Officer, Cook County, Ill.
Shannon Smith, Chief of Staff, Dept. of IT, King County, Wash.
Stephen Acquario, Executive Director, New York State Association of Counties
Peter Crary, Senior Manager of Technology, Texas Association of Counties
The Potential Impacts of AI on Counties
The AI Exploratory Committee will operate under a scope that seeks to determine:
- Assess the current state of AI technology
- Identify potential applications of AI and the related benefits and risks for county govt. operations
- Evaluate the risks and benefits of AI related to workforce productivity, displacement and skills
- Explore the county governance landscape with ethics, public trust, privacy and security impacts
- Develop a preliminary policy and practice toolkit with sample guidelines and standards for AI
- Identify opportunities for collaboration and partnership with different county stakeholders
- Advise on public policy issues that may need to be considered by NACo’s board and policy committees
- Facilitate education and engagement opportunities for county officials, NACo networks and partners
The AI Exploratory Committee is dedicated to exploring these and many more benefits as AI is integrated into governmental services. The adherence to thoughtful risk management and diligent privacy practices will be of upmost importance as counties adapt to AI systems.
The Marvelous Adventures of Countyland
With county government policymakers and practitioners now facing the realities of generative artificial intelligence (AI), this book was developed with three main objectives:
- Showcase the remarkable capabilities and intricate nature of contemporary AI technologies
- Stimulate collaborative policy discussions among intergovernmental partners regarding the near limitless applications within the public sector, taking into account the possible inherent biases in AI systems, and
- Inspire the young people of America to explore the exciting and meaningful roles and responsibilities of county government officials.
County Tech Xchange
The NACo County Tech Xchange is an online portal designed to connect county CIOs, IT Directors, CISOs, and other county IT leadership. This portal provides valuable resources in a central location that counties can use to improve their overall technology infrastructure.
County officials, members of Congress team up to support extension of Affordable Connectivity Program
Several members of Congress teamed up with county officials Tuesday, Feb. 13 at a Capitol Hill press conference to show their support for extending the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides internet access to more than 23 million households across the country.
Evan Feinman, who is charged with leading the $42.5 billion Broadband, Equity and Deployment (BEAD) program, led county officials through the application process during the Telecommunications & Technology Policy Steering Committee meeting.
The committee’s trip included a visit to several major technology corporations, including Microsoft, Google, Salesforce, Amazon Web Services and Adobe’s DocuSign.
In early December, the Senate introduced the Local 9-8-8 Response Act of 2023. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), aims to enhance mental health crisis response through the 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
Every other week, NACo’s County Countdown reviews top federal policy advocacy items with an eye towards counties and the intergovernmental partnership.
Elected officials at the local and federal level are urging Congress to extend funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which offers discounted broadband service to low-income households, providing access to healthcare, education and employment.
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