U.S Federal Agencies to use AI to Eliminate Outdated Pages of Regulations

Posted on 10/18/2020

Under the Trump administration, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) disclosed that federal agencies will use artificial intelligence to eliminate outdated, obsolete, and inconsistent requirements across tens of thousands of pages of government regulations. This was a pilot project started in 2019. The pilot project was used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which discovered in a test run that hundreds of technical errors and outdated requirements in agency rulebooks. Some of these rules included requirements to submit material by fax machines.

President Trump made cutting unnecessary regulations a key part of his policy and campaign platform.

The United States has massive regulations, due to the structure of law-making and administrative agencies. Over the last 4 years, the number of pages in the Code of Federal Regulations has remained at approximately 185,000. The agencies participating in the machine-learning and AI program include the Transportation Department, the Agriculture Department, the Labor Department, and the Interior Department.

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