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DHS Secretary: AI Can Improve Agency’s Operations

Alejandro Mayorkas,

Secretary, Department

of Homeland Security

DHS Secretary: AI Can Improve Agency’s Operations

The Department of Homeland Security is looking at artificial intelligence to help improve its operations.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the agency aims to be the lead organization in optimizing the benefits offered by artificial intelligence, especially in defending the nation against adversaries.

In a panel discussion with Axios, Mayorkas shared how DHS uses AI and machine learning models, including supporting border patrol initiatives and combating illegal drug trade, Nextgov/FCW reported.

AI has been a top priority for the agency. In September, it released policies to ensure every component of the department responsibly uses the emerging technology. It coincided with the appointment of Eric Hysen as the first DHS chief AI officer.

Days after Hysen took over the top AI post, the agency created a task force to work at identifying potential areas where AI could be utilized.  

It also regularly discloses its AI use case to comply with a Trump executive order. As of November, DHS has updated its AI use case repository for the third time in 2023 to reflect the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ new use for the technology.

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