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Automated Decision-making Systems (ADS) Workgroup

In the 2021-23 biennial operating budget, the Washington state Legislature provided one-time funding to the Office of the Chief information Officer (OCIO) to convene a workgroup and produce a report related to the adoption and use of automated decision-making systems (ADS) in the state. Due to the nature of automated decision systems and the increasing adoption of emerging technology in government, it is important these systems are deployed in a fair, transparent, and accountable manner.

The purpose of the ADS workgroup is to develop recommendations for changes in state law and policy regarding the development, procurement, and use of automated decision systems by public agencies. The workgroup will examine how automated decision-making systems can best be reviewed before adoption and while in operation and be periodically audited to ensure such systems are fair, transparent, and accountable and do not improperly advantage or disadvantage Washington residents.

Workgroup tasks include:

  • Developing recommendations for changes in state law and policy regarding the development, procurement, and use of automated decision systems by public agencies.
  • Assessing the impact of those recommendations by evaluating existing system in use by an agency as described within the proviso.
  • Producing a final report to the Legislature and governor by December 1, 2021.

In addition to those core responsibilities, the workgroup must examine specific use cases relative to ADS technology.

ADS Meetings

  • Thursday, July 29, 2021 (Agenda PDF)

Archived ADS Meetings

ADS Workgroup Kick-off Meeting (Thursday, July 15, 2021­­) 

 

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