Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

The .gov means it’s official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you’re on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Generative AI and Specialized Computing Infrastructure Acquisition Resource Guide

Generative AI and Specialized Computing Infrastructure Acquisition Resource Guide icon


Executive Order 14110

Executive Order 14110 Section 10.1(h) directs GSA to facilitate agencies’ access to commercial Generative AI capabilities.

“Within 180 days of the date of this order, to facilitate agencies’ access to commercial AI capabilities, the Administrator of General Services, in coordination with the Director of OMB, and in collaboration with the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the head of any other agency identified by the Administrator of General Services, shall take steps consistent with applicable law to facilitate access to Federal Government-wide acquisition solutions for specified types of AI services and products, such as through the creation of a resource guide or other tools to assist the acquisition workforce. Specified types of AI capabilities shall include generative AI and specialized computing infrastructure.”

This resource guide focuses on Generative AI not all of AI

Artificial Intelligence or “AI” is one of the most profound technological shifts in a generation or more. At its roots, AI is software. That means it follows many of the same acquisition policies and rules as other software and IT.

Contracting officials should consider cybersecurity, supply chain risk management, data governance and other standards and guidelines when procuring Generative AI just as they would with other IT procurements.

AI is a very large space and Generative AI is just one type of AI. This resource guide focuses on Generative AI acquisition in particular, not AI acquisition as a whole.

Look for definitions for both Artificial Intelligence and Generative Artificial Intelligence in Section 1.1.

Assisting the acquisition workforce

This resource guide is primarily meant to assist the acquisition workforce in navigating the complexities of acquiring Generative AI technologies in collaboration with relevant agency officials from other domains.

This resource guide is focused on civilian agencies’ Generative AI needs. Defense, National Security and the Intelligence Community have very specific needs and procurement solutions have been tailored to meet their requirements.

Generative AI can be difficult to understand both for technologists and non-technologists. While those in the acquisition community don’t need to become experts in AI, a basic understanding of certain Generative AI terms, common issues and ways to derisk acquisitions will help you make better decisions about what to buy and how.

As a member of the acquisition workforce, it is critical to work with technical subject matter experts (SMEs) like:

  • Software Engineers
  • Data Scientists
  • Security Specialists
  • Privacy Specialists
  • Program Staff who can identify the problems they are trying to solve, validate users’ needs, safeguard data and establish product goals or requirements
  • Agency Officials responsible for security, privacy and other relevant disciplines to meet a range of agency responsibilities in this context.

This resource guide also simplifies complex technical IT and AI concepts to make them easier for non-technologists to understand. In some cases, this resource guide oversimplifies concepts for the sake of clarity. Seek support from AI, IT and data professionals when making decisions.

Because Generative AI is relatively new and evolving quickly, it’s early to designate “best practices.” Think of the information in this resource guide as prompts to consider and frame your thinking and approach rather than directive recommendations for what to do. This content is non-binding. The recommendations presented do not supersede, modify, or direct an interpretation of existing requirements mandated by law or governmentwide policy.

This is version 1.0

This resource guide isn't static. It’s meant to evolve as technology advances while aligning with relevant laws, policies and frameworks.

Links in this resource guide were verified just prior to the site’s launch. If you do happen to find a bad link, please report it using the Send Feedback tool.

Help make this resource guide better

Please contribute your insights and help refine this resource guide by submitting pull requests on Github and submitting feedback using the Send Feedback tool.

Companies or product mentions are not endorsements

This resource guide may reference actual companies and/or offerings to define, illustrate or explain a concept. Do not consider these recommendations or disparagements. We do not endorse any company or their works.

Generative AI content disclosure

The team used Generative AI tools when it was writing first rough drafts of a few sections. This early content was used as an input not a replacement and was reviewed and revised multiple times by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in technology, acquisition and policy. The team gathered additional feedback from SMEs through multiple channels and made further edits based on that feedback. All content in this resource guide has been reviewed and revised by SMEs for quality.

All use of Generative AI was done in alignment with the principle of responsible AI innovation and to help the team learn about the capabilities of this technology. This attribution highlights our commitment to evaluating new technologies with the right safeguards in place while maintaining transparency.

Help us to unite buyers, vehicles, and suppliers to make smarter, faster IT acquisitions.