DHS to Pilot the Use of AI for Officer Training and Other Duties

On March 18, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security announced three projects that would pilot the use of artificial intelligence. The pilot will take place this year.

Planned Pilot Programs
  • USCIS will use AI technology to train immigration officers for interviews with refugees and asylum seekers. “The pilot will help enhance officers’ understanding and retention of crucial information, increase the accuracy of their decisions, and limit the need for retraining,” DHS said.
  • DHS will use AI to support law enforcement investigations, particularly for addressing human trafficking, exploitation of children, and fentanyl smuggling.
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will use AI to help communities develop hazard migration plans for funding under FEMA’s assistance program and other grants.

Go Deeper: In the announcement, DHS said the AI pilot aligns with President Biden’s Executive Order on AI.

“The DHS AI roadmap and pilots will guide our efforts this year to strengthen our national security, improve our operations, and provide more efficient services to the American people, while upholding our commitment to protect civil rights, civil liberties, and privacy,” he said.

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