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GSA, JAIC Partner in Centers of Excellence Initiative

The two agencies are entering into a sprint-based discovery phase to assess strategy, acquisition, and technology challenges and solutions, including AI development platform

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) today announced they are teaming up for a discovery sprint as part of GSA’s Centers of Excellence (CoE) initiative. This newest CoE engagement will accelerate and expand the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) at DoD and help drive wider AI adoption across government. The GSA JAIC partnership aligns with the Administration’s national strategy for U.S. leadership in AI and coincides with GSA’s plans to establish an AI Center of Excellence.    

By bringing the CoE model to JAIC, GSA will leverage the collective expertise of the Technology Transformation Services (TTS) team, led by Director Anil Cheriyan. The partnership will focus on JAIC’s mission of accelerating the delivery of AI-enabled capabilities, scaling the department-wide impact of AI, and synchronizing DoD AI activities to expand Joint Force advantages.

“The new GSA-DoD partnership reflects the ongoing success of the Center of Excellence initiative. In alignment with the Administration’s strategy for ensuring American leadership in the industries of the future, the AI CoE program will build the capacity to deliver AI solutions throughout the federal government,” stated Chris Liddell, White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination.

“We are excited that JAIC will be leveraging GSA’s CoE expertise to strategically implement AI within DoD,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the strength of the CoE initiative governmentwide. We look forward to accelerating the development and fielding of AI-ready systems with the Department of Defense.”

"We look forward to the opportunity to work alongside our partners at the GSA Centers of Excellence to explore mutually beneficial AI solutions to modernize our technical, programmatic, and acquisition processes," said Lt Gen. Jack Shanahan, Director of the JAIC.  "This collaboration between agency partners is critical to realize the full potential that AI can bring to the U.S. government."

“We believe that the opportunities for applying AI in government are significant,” said TTS Director Anil Cheriyan. “As GSA builds its AI Center of Excellence, the addition of JAIC as our fifth partner agency helps us drive ongoing technology transformation in the federal marketplace. We’re proud to be seizing the opportunity with our newest partner, enabling AI to bolster the capabilities of today’s warfighter, and build a foundation to reuse our AI expertise to improve citizen experiences across government.”

The Department of Defense is the latest agency partnering with GSA to apply the CoE approach to modernization, after successful launches at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Centers of Excellence, a signature initiative of the Administration, was designed by the White House’s Office of American Innovation and implemented at GSA in 2017. As part of GSA’s Technology Transformation Services, the CoE initiative accelerates IT modernization at federal agencies by leveraging private sector innovation and government services while centralizing best practices and expertise for holistic transformation.

About GSA

The mission of the U.S. General Services Administration is to deliver value and savings in real estate, acquisition, technology, and other mission-support services across the government. One of GSA’s four strategic goals is to improve the way agencies buy, build and use technology. To learn more about GSA or the CoE visit or and join the conversation on social media at @USGSA, @GSACOE and @GSAEmily.

About JAIC

The mission of the JAIC is to accelerate the adoption and integration of AI in the Department of Defense to achieve mission impact - at scale.  The JAIC serves as the focal point for the execution of the DoD's AI Strategy that supports the U.S. National Defense Strategy (2018). As the DoD center excellence for AI, the JAIC continues to attract the best and brightest people from across government, commercial industry, and academia to carry out its vision to transform the U.S. military through AI.  Follow the JAIC on Twitter @DoDJAIC