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Anil Cheriyan: GSA Adds AI to Centers of Excellence Program’s List of Modernization Areas

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Jeff Brody
Anil Cheriyan

Anil Cheriyan, deputy commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, said the agency’s Centers of Excellence program has made artificial intelligence its sixth modernization focus area, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

“You name it and there’s a significant amount of opportunity in AI,” Cheriyan said Tuesday at GSA’s IT Modernization Showcase. “AI is really our next big thing.”

The other five focus areas are cloud adoption, data analytics, customer experience, infrastructure optimization and contact center. The move came weeks after GSA selected the Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center as the fifth partner agency for the CoE initiative.

GSA Administrator and 2019 Wash100 Award winner Emily Murphy said the JAIC CoE program will work on AI platforms to support predictive maintenance, humanitarian aid and disaster response with plans to expand work in other areas such as logistics, cyber and health care.