The following interviews were recorded at ACT-IAC’s AI Procurement Forum
Leveraging AI for Federal Acquisition Excellence
Polly Hall, Senior Advisor to the Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security discusses the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on federal acquisition processes at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She highlights the dual benefit of AI: enhancing the federal acquisition workforce through training and upskilling, and improving engagement with industry partners for mission enhancement. Hall emphasizes change management, collaboration across agencies, and the importance of responsible AI use, focusing on reducing bias and ensuring data quality.
- AI as a Tool for Upskilling: AI technologies offer significant opportunities for the acquisition workforce to engage in higher-value tasks, necessitating focused training and change management strategies.
- Cross-Agency Collaboration: Examples like the Army's DORA automation tool illustrate the benefits of sharing innovations across federal entities, maximizing resources, and enhancing procurement processes.
- Responsible AI Use: Emphasizing the need for AI solutions to be explainable, reduce bias, and ensure data privacy and security, highlighting the importance of understanding AI's implications in procurement.
Innovating NASA's Procurement with AI
Karla Smith Jackson, Senior Procurement Executive, Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer, and Assistant Administrator for Procurement at NASA outlines NASA's vision for incorporating AI into its acquisition strategies, focusing on requirements generation, market research, supplier management, and fraud detection. She envisions AI fostering increased competition, improving proposal evaluations, and enhancing the quality and speed of government procurements. Jackson also discusses the importance of governance, workforce training, and adapting regulatory frameworks to accommodate AI's potential in procurement processes.
- AI for Streamlined Procurements: Utilizing AI can significantly reduce the time and effort involved in requirements generation, market research, and proposal evaluations, leading to more efficient procurement cycles.
- Enhanced Supplier Performance: By leveraging AI for supplier management and performance data analysis, NASA aims to incentivize better supplier performance across various projects.
- Future Vision for AI in Acquisition: Jackson's forward-looking approach advocates for adaptive regulatory frameworks and innovative procurement strategies, emphasizing the need for continuous learning and openness to experimentation.