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Oversight Commission to Talk AI in State Government

The Little Hoover Commission will hear from Amy Tong, secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, at Thursday’s meeting, which will be held in Silicon Valley and streamed online.

The Little Hoover Commission, California’s government oversight body, is planning a series of hearings examining the use of artificial intelligence in state governance.

Amy Tong.
Amy Tong
The meetings will include comments and testimony from Amy Tong, secretary of the California Government Operations Agency, as well as tech industry leaders, academic figures and organized-labor representatives. The first meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday in Woodside, and it will be conducted live as well as virtually. Details on registration and other information are available online. The second meeting will be in June in Sacramento, with details forthcoming.

At this week’s meeting, which is expected to run about six hours, Tong and the other speakers will present an overview of California’s efforts thus far to incorporate AI into state government operations and begin to outline best practices for future implementation.

“Artificial intelligence is a transformative technology, and its use in state government holds the potential for better service for all Californians,” said Commission Chair Pedro Nava. “At the same time, we must ensure that the use of AI is fair to state workers and to disadvantaged communities, which have so often been left behind in the past.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order last year directing key state tech agencies to collaborate on further study of generative AI technologies and to generate new guidelines on how state agencies and vendors need to approach future procurements.

The Little Hoover Commission, formally known as the Milton Marks “Little Hoover” Commission on California State Government Organization and Economy, is an independent state oversight agency created in 1962 with the mission of investigating state government operations and policy and — through reports and legislative proposals — make recommendations to the governor and Legislature to promote economy, efficiency and improved service in state operations.
Dennis Noone is Executive Editor of Industry Insider. He is a career journalist, having worked at small-town newspapers and major metropolitan dailies including USA Today in Washington, D.C.