Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2020

Published: March 29, 2019

Federal Market AnalysisArtificial Intelligence/Machine LearningBig DataBudgetPolicy and LegislationResearch and Development

Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2020 report explores policy, budget, and contracting trends in the adoption and use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technologies by federal agencies.

As mission complexity and data proliferation expands, federal agencies are looking to new and advanced technologies to maximize the value and impact of massive volumes of data. Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and other automation solutions have emerged as key strategic priorities for agencies needing to improve mission effectiveness, stretch workforce capacity, and drive operational efficiencies. The Department of Defense and civilian agency early adopters, such as Department of Energy and NASA, have been pursuing AI R&D developments for years. Interest in AI is gaining momentum as agencies discover the diverse applications and outcomes of AI capabilities. The use of AI across federal agencies will continue to accelerate as policies, budgets, technology and expertise align.

Key Findings

  • Numerous AI use cases and pilot projects are underway in most federal agencies, and several agencies have AI projects in production or with Authority-to-Operate.
  • Agency applications of AI based on machine learning technology is accelerating, focusing on cyber offense and defense, robotics and autonomy, border security and health care.
  • Adjacent technology advancements will have significant AI adoption implications. IT infrastructure modernization will pave the way for AI deployments, while cloud applications and high performance computing are seen as critical enablers.
  • Much of DOD’s AI and machine learning work continues to occur within defense laboratories, giving contractors with R&D experience a competitive advantage for contract awards. Industry should expect DOD to lean heavily on the use of Other Transaction Authority to award contracts for emerging AI and machine learning prototypes.
  • Contract obligations in AI-related investments grew 75% from FY 2016 to 2018. Expect continued increases in contract spending as agencies expand knowledge and use of AI capabilities.
  • Critical Insight for Vendors

    Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2020 assesses the state of artificial intelligence (AI) adoption within the federal government. The report takes an in-depth look at the factors shaping the strategic and budgetary priorities governing artificial intelligence procurement.

    The report provides:

  • Analysis of the emerging AI policies and guidance directing the federal government’s strategic direction.
  • Insight into planned and requested budgets for AI initiatives.
  • Analysis of AI contracting patterns to date.
  • Use cases of early AI efforts and insight into potential opportunities.
  • Recommendations to help contractors maximize opportunities within the federal AI space.
  • Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2020 report is delivered in PowerPoint® format, including a PowerPoint® Executive Briefing, and an Excel® data workbook.

    Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2020


  • Purpose of the report
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Key Findings
  • Trends and Drivers

  • Artificial Intelligence Policy Landscape
  • Artificial Intelligence Budget Environment
  • Artificial Intelligence Investment Trends
  • Artificial Intelligence Use Cases and Opportunities
  • Conclusions and Recommendations