President Trump Signs Portman’s Bipartisan Legislation to Modernize Federal Government’s Use of Latest Technology into Law

December 3, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Co-Chair of the Senate AI Caucus, attended the White House signing ceremony for his bipartisan Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act that will accelerate the adoption of the latest technologies by government agencies. This legislation expands upon Senator Portman’s bipartisan Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Government Act, which codifies the AI Center of Excellence (CoE) within the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide technical expertise to relevant government agencies; advise agencies on the procurement of AI technology; and promote U.S. competitiveness through agency and industry cooperation. Inspired by Senator Portman’s legislation, GSA created the AI CoE last year. The Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act lays out the responsibilities that all of GSA’s CoEs should have and harmonizes their roles to strengthen the government’s technology expertise beyond just AI. The legislation is now law. Portman released the following statement:

“I was pleased to attend the White House ceremony where President Trump signed the bipartisan Information Technology Modernization Centers of Excellence Program Act into law.  As technology continues to change and advance, it’s important that the federal government understands the significant impacts it will have on our country, economy, and society, and this measure will help ensure that our government has the capabilities and expertise to help navigate the impacts of the latest technology in the coming years and decades. I applaud President Trump for signing this legislation into law to ensure our government agencies have the insight and resources they need to better understand this technology.”

NOTE: As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Artificial Intelligence Caucus, Portman has helped lead efforts in the Senate on this issue, and has worked in a bipartisan manner on several key measures to set high-quality standards around emerging technology, including cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.