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DHS to Evaluate Capability of AI Prototypes to Gain Insights From Contractor Past-Performance Records

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The Department of Homeland Security is set to test in late January nine system prototypes as part of the first phase of a project that seeks to develop artificial intelligence-based platforms that can be used to collect, analyze and visualize information in a governmentwide system containing contractors’ past-performance data, FedScoop reported Thursday.

Accenture, IBM’s Global Business Services – US Federal, CORMAC, Hangar Government Solutions, ElectrifAi, Strongbridge, TrueTandem, Federal Government Experts and World Wide Technology will demonstrate the capability of their AI-based prototypes to find an offeror’s past performance records in the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System and predict the vendor’s capacity to deliver on a contract.

“What we want is the output from the solution,” said Polly Hall, acquisition innovation advocate director of the Procurement Innovation Lab at DHS. “We want that output in the form of a CPARS AI report or maybe a subscription service with a dashboard and other visualization capabilities to help us extract, analyze and visualize the data.”

DHS expects each company to explain their AI methodology and recommend ways to improve the data quality in CPARS. The department plans to award follow-on contracts worth up to $50K.

“Our intent is to maintain as much competition as makes sense as we move forward into the next phase — likely more prototyping with a more robust, larger data set,” Hall added.