Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2022

Published: August 27, 2021

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Deltek's Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2022 report explores the legislative, policy, budget and contracting trends shaping the adoption and use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technologies by federal agencies.

As mission requirements grow, federal agencies are seeking ways to maximize the use of the vast data sets they collect and store. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies have emerged as key solutions enabling agencies to improve mission effectiveness, stretch workforce capacity, combat waste, fraud and abuse and drive operational efficiencies. Until recently, R&D work at agencies with scientific missions such as NASA and the Department of Energy dominated federal investment in AI/ML. However, technology maturation and accessibility of solutions in the commercial marketplace have increasingly led agencies with non-scientific missions to explore the use of AI/ML capabilities.

As the technology evolved, so too did Congress’ recognition of the need to greatly increase federal investment in AI/ML to drive U.S. economic and military competitiveness. Successive presidential administrations have signed multiple pieces of legislation into law directing significantly higher agency spending on AI/ML. This convergence of mission requirements, legislation and policy are driving federal agencies to explore what AI/ML capabilities have to offer and to invest in them accordingly.

Key Findings

  • Identifiable federal spending on artificial intelligence rose to nearly $1B in FY 2020, up 50% from FY 2018, making it one of the fastest growing emerging technology investment areas.
  • Most federal spending on AI/ML is still dedicated to R&D, but AI-based Robotic Process Automation is rapidly transitioning the technology into real-world operational settings.
  • Investment in artificial intelligence is growing at some agencies without a primarily scientific mission, such as the Departments of Justice, Transportation and State.
  • Agencies are using GSA’s Multiple-Award Schedule and NASA’s SEWP V Government-Wide Acquisition Contract the most to purchase artificial intelligence products and services.
  • Although federal customers still spend more on AI capabilities provided by large businesses, innovative small businesses are increasing their presence and influence in the market.
  • Legislation and executive branch policies are key drivers of federal artificial intelligence investment.

Critical Insight for Vendors

Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2022 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 legislation, policies and guidance shaping the federal government’s investment in AI.
  • Insight into planned and requested budgets for AI initiatives.
  • Analysis of AI contracting patterns.
  • AI use cases and insight into potential opportunities.
  • Recommendations to help contractors maximize opportunities within the federal AI space.

Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2022 report is delivered in PowerPoint® format, including a PowerPoint® Executive Summary and an Excel® data workbook.

Deltek’s Federal Artificial Intelligence Landscape, 2022


  • Purpose of the report
  • Scope and Methodology
  • Key Findings
  • Artificial Intelligence Policy and Legislation
  • Artificial Intelligence Budget Environment
  • Select AI Opportunities
  • Technology Install Base
  • Artificial Intelligence Contract Spending
  • Agency Analysis

Conclusions and Recommendations