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A Public Technology Institute conference panel expressed concerns about employee skills and funding.

Local government CIOs agreed that artificial intelligence has great potential for staff augmentation but noted that they are only in the early stages of testing AI use cases.

Speaking Thursday at the Public Technology Institute’s 2024 AI and Cyber Summit in Washington, D.C., Scott Varner, director of IT and management information systems for Frederick County, Va., asked, “Wouldn’t you love to be doing the real work instead of all of the executive summaries?”

Government employees spend a lot of time writing resolutions and other regulatory documents, but AI could speed up such work for them.

“I don’t see the replacement of staff with AI. We are going to have to train staff to use it,” Varner said.

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