The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is looking for contractors to help JAIC, the Department of Defense (DoD), and the entire Federal government to prepare data for use in AI capabilities.

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According to a performance work statement (PWS) posted to, JAIC is open to working with companies who have never worked with the Federal government before, and will provide a set of guidelines for common steps to working with DoD.

“The purpose of this performance work statement (PWS) is to help the DoD and government users prepare data for use in AI applications by providing an easily accessible path to access the cutting-edge commercial services needed to meet the complex technical challenges involved in preparing data for AI,” the PWS says. “Through access to AI data preparation tools, capabilities, and services, the DoD will be positioned to effectively prepare AI data to support the full range of AI activities across the DoD.”

The Data Readiness for Artificial Intelligence Development (DRAID) solicitation’s basic ordering agreement (BOA) will be active for five years, with an annual review for updates if needed.

The PWS says JAIC is looking for companies who can “create, acquire, curate, prepare, manage, or secure data sets for use in DoD AI models and application development, testing, certification, and operation.” When executing these tasks, companies must adhere to DoD ethical principles and cybersecurity regulations.

Questions are due April 7, and proposal submissions are due April 28.

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Grace Dille is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.