Labor Department Joins GSA’s AI Center of Excellence to Automate Procurement Tools

The Labor Department | February 13, 2020

Labor Department Joins GSA’s AI Center of Excellence to Automate Procurement Tools
The Labor Department is joining the General Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence program in a bid to modernize and automate the department’s procurement process. The Technology Transformation Service—the GSA program that houses the CoEs—announced Thursday that Labor would be partnering with the newest center, focused on spreading the use of artificial intelligence throughout government. “This newest CoE engagement will accelerate the modernization of DOL’s acquisition capabilities using robotic process automation expertise,” according to a release Thursday from TTS. “The Department of Labor is always looking for ways to integrate new technologies into our operations,” Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella said in the release. “By partnering with GSA, our department will modernize our procurement process to better serve the taxpayers.”

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has led President Xi Jinping to cut “most favoured nation” (MFN) tariffs for Washington’s commercial rivals while giving them improved access to China’s 1.4 billion consumers. Between January 2018 and June 2019, China’s average MFN tariff rose from eight per cent to 20.7 per cent for goods imported from the U.S., yet fell to 6.7 per cent for the rest of the world.

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s trade war with China has led President Xi Jinping to cut “most favoured nation” (MFN) tariffs for Washington’s commercial rivals while giving them improved access to China’s 1.4 billion consumers. Between January 2018 and June 2019, China’s average MFN tariff rose from eight per cent to 20.7 per cent for goods imported from the U.S., yet fell to 6.7 per cent for the rest of the world.

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