Sending Office: Honorable Raja Krishnamoorthi
Encourage the Department of Labor to Study the Impact of AI on the Workforce
DEADLINE 10 AM, March 28th
The development of artificial intelligence will pose both opportunities and challenges for American workers in the coming decades. For this reason, it is critical that the federal government work with business and labor leaders, educators, and workforce
stakeholders to ensure that American workers are equipped with the skills and training to obtain good-paying jobs in the 21st century.
Please see our letter below requesting report language in the FY20 Labor HHS Appropriations bill. This language encourages the Department of Labor, in consultation with academia, National Laboratories, and private stakeholders, to analyze the impact of artificial
intelligence on the American workforce and report its findings to Congress. It is important to note that the request is based on language in the bipartisan AI Jobs Act (H.R. 827)
Raja Krishnamoorthi, Member of Congress
Darren Soto, Member of Congress
March 28, 2019
Dear Chairwoman DeLauro and Ranking Member Cole,
As you begin work on the FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we respectfully request that you include report language to encourage the Department of Labor (DOL) to report to Congress on artificial
intelligence and its impact on the workforce.
Researchers estimate that artificial intelligence will impose both challenges and opportunities for American workers in numerous industries, including but not limited to: transportation, cybersecurity, and manufacturing. However, little data currently exists
to analyze the future impact of AI growth on specific industries and workers. For example, a recent Oxford University study found that job displacement by artificial intelligence will range from 9% to 47% of workers in the next two decades.
At the same time, other analyses show that AI has the potential to double annual economic growth rates by 2035, and will create several new, good-paying jobs for American workers.
Simply put, it is imperative that the federal government work with business and labor leaders, educators, and workforce stakeholders to ensure that American workers are equipped with the skills and training to obtain good-paying jobs in the 21st century.
To this end, we request that the following proposed language be included in your FY2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill report:
Artificial Intelligence and Its Impact on the Workforce- The committee is aware that the development of artificial intelligence will impose both challenges and opportunities for American workers in numerous industries. However, scarce data exists to analyze
the future impact of AI growth on specific industries and workers. The Committee directs the Department of Labor, in collaboration with academia, national laborites, and private sector stakeholders, to prepare and submit a report to the Committee, as well
as the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, on artificial intelligence and its impact on the workforce within 180 days of enactment of this Act. Specifically,
the Committee encourages this report to include the following:
–Identification of industries that are projected to have the most growth in artificial intelligence use, and whether the technology will result in the enhancement of workers’ capabilities or their replacement;
–Analysis of the expertise and education (including computer science literacy) needed to develop, operate, or work alongside artificial intelligence over the next two decades, as compared to the levels of such expertise and education among the workforce
as of the date of the passage of the Committee report language;
–Analysis of which demographics (including ethnic, gender, economic, age, and regional) may experience expanded career opportunities, and which such demographics may be vulnerable to career displacement, due to artificial intelligence; and
— Any recommendations to alleviate workforce displacement, prepare future workforce members for the artificial-intelligence economy, and any other relevant observations or recommendations within the field of artificial intelligence.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
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