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Generative AI Guidelines: A Resource for Public Sector Leaders


Government and education institutions are wrestling with the best way to reap the rewards — and minimize the risks — of game-changing generative AI. This list of resources is meant to share guidelines and emerging best practices.

Generative AI will be the great disruptor for several years to come. Leaders across all industries are grappling with how to capture the benefits of this technology while minimizing cybersecurity threats, avoiding bias and ethics concerns, remaining transparent, protecting data and more. Public sector organizations – including state and local government agencies and education institutions – are taking different tactics as they come to terms with these rapidly evolving tools.

In June, Maine’s executive branch issued a six-month ban on state employees using the tools to give the state time to research the technology and evaluate risks. Other jurisdictions have been quick to establish interim guidelines and frameworks to guide safe exploration. In April, Seattle CIO Jim Loter sent an interim generative AI policy to city staff, which focused on outlining concerns and reducing risks. Boston CIO Santiago Garces said he wanted his city to “embrace the spirit of responsible experimentation,” after city leaders issued interim guidelines for using generative AI, including outlining specific use cases, in May. Higher education institutions are also rapidly developing guardrails prior to the 2023-2024 school year – including Harvard University, UCLA, McMaster University, and an association of leading United Kingdom universities. To help provide guidance to government agencies and education institutions, the Center for Digital Government and Center for Digital Education are curating a list of guidelines, solutions and relevant updates. This is updated every 24 hours. Please fill out this form if you have resources that should be added.

Below are some of the first available resources. Go here for the full updated list.

Generative AI Resources

Major Generative AI Platforms

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Higher Education

Education/Training Resources

General Market Training



Major Market News/Trends







Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.