Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed an executive order (EO) that will create a task force to recommend policies for the responsible and effective use of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) technologies in state executive-branch agencies.

“The state of Alabama is a pioneer in the development and use of advanced technologies, from manufacturing nanotechnology to empowering mankind to walk on the moon,” said Gov. Ivey. “In that innovative spirit, GenAI represents a monumental step forward in the potential for our state government to serve the public. However, its capabilities must first be studied carefully to ensure it is implemented in the most responsible and efficient manner possible.

The EO establishes the Governor’s Task Force on Generative Artificial Intelligence, which will consist of seven cabinet members, two representatives from Alabama higher education, and four legislators, including two state representatives and two state senators. All members will be appointed by the governor.

“To accomplish this important goal, I am pleased to sign this executive order creating a task force to both investigate the current uses of GenAI in state executive-branch agencies and to recommend policies to responsibly harness its full potential to best benefit Alabamians,” Gov. Ivey said.

According to the governor’s office, the task force will submit a report to the governor by Nov. 30, 2024. In the report, the task force will provide a detailed and accurate description of the current use of GenAI in executive-branch agencies and whether those uses pose any risk. Additionally, the task force will study, evaluate, and develop policy and administrative recommendations related to the responsible deployment of GenAI in state government.

The governor’s office also noted that the EO contains other provisions to ensure that state agencies safely and effectively harness the power of GenAI going forward, including:

  • Mandates to facilitate responsible development of GenAI applications – under the EO, the Office of Information Technology will establish cloud infrastructure to allow state agencies to safely and responsibly conduct GenAI pilot projects in OIT-approved environments. These environments will be available to state agencies and departments to help evaluate GenAI tools and services and inform decisions on whether and how to use GenAI.
  • Measure to promote productive and efficient use of GenAI – the governor’s office is urging all state executive-branch agencies to consider pilot projects of GenAI applications in consultation with experts from state government, academia, and industry. In a controlled setting, these pilot projects should measure how GenAI can improve Alabamians’ experience with and access to government services and how GenAI can support state employees in the performance of their duties.
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