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JAIC Issues RFI on Alternative AI Procurement Methods

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The U.S. Army and Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) are looking for information on potential acquisition business models that can be used to support rapid artificial intelligence prototyping efforts.

JAIC said in a notice posted Friday on the beta SAM website that it seeks to leverage new methods such as other transaction authorities to promote “collaboration and optimal teaming arrangements” with traditional and nontraditional contractors.

According to the request for information, JAIC intends to prototype an AI acquisition model to address procurement challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. The JAIC model will also be utilized by the military branches and the Department of Defense (DoD) to partner with nontraditional firms, small businesses and academic entities for AI programs.

The model must additionally maximize automated procedures such as online portals and utilize the JAIC Joint Common Foundation (JCF) platform for AI development. JAIC noted that it plans to assess the feasibility of contracts that are not based on the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as well as mixing FAR- and non-FAR contracts.

Responses to the RFI are due on Sept. 16.