Ethical AI Procurement Requires Collaboration, Accountability
State and local governments, as significant users of AI, must prioritize ethics and transparency in procurement to balance efficiency with protecting public values. Following executive orders, the article notes the evolving landscape in AI ethics initiatives. The complexity of AI applications, including generative AI like ChatGPT, highlights the need for enhanced algorithmic accountability and understanding of back-end systems within a complex supply chain. Redefining transparency, engagement, and periodic audits is crucial, with a call for a shift to an agile procurement strategy fostering collaboration between governments and vendors. The Progressive Delivery Model is proposed for in-depth collaboration and adaptability. The article emphasizes the critical role of public procurement in shaping AI's appropriate use and societal impact.