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Governor's Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence

Appointees to the Governor’s Task Force on Workforce and Artificial Intelligence are:

  • Amy Pechacek, Secretary, DWD;
  • Kathy Blumenfeld, Secretary, DOA;
  • Missy Hughes, Secretary and CEO, WEDC;
  • Dr. Jill Underly, State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction;
  • Jay Rothman, President, Universities of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Morna Foy, President, Wisconsin Technical College System;
  • Troy Streckenbach, County Executive of Brown County;
  • Trina Zanow, Chief IT Officer, DOA;
  • Dr. Charles Lee Isbell Jr., Provost, UW-Madison;
  • Greg Cisewski, Dean, School of Agricultural Sciences, Utilities & Transportation, Northcentral Technical College;
  • Dr. Gholamreza Dehnavi, Department Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Platteville;
  • Dr. Kaushal Chari, Dean of Sheldon B. Lubar College of Business, UW-Milwaukee;
  • Dr. Xuedong (David) Ding, Associate Dean for the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, Director for School of Engineering, UW-Stout;
  • Jeffrey Morin, President, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design;
  • Stephanie Bloomingdale, President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO;
  • Jack Salzwedel, Board Chair, American Family Mutual Insurance Company;
  • Jeff Yabuki, Chairman, Motive Partners;
  • Nadiyah Johnson, CEO, Milky Way Tech Hub;
  • Karl Reichenberger, Chief Intellectual Property and Information Technology Counsel, Johnson Controls;
  • Mark Tyler, Chairman, OEM Fabricators Inc.;
  • Ann Franz, Executive Director, NEW Manufacturing Alliance;
  • Levi Felling, Chief Technology Officer, Elite EXTRA;
  • Jeri Koester, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Marshfield Clinic Health System;
  • Israel Squires, Managing Partner, Midpoint Ventures;
  • Chris Hein, Director of Customer Engineering, Google Public Sector;
  • Dr. Keyanna Conner, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting;
  • Tim Fiocchi, Senior Director of Governmental Affairs, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation;
  • Dave Mickelson, Member of Wisconsin Farmers Union;
  • Brian Foster, Chief Operating Officer, Jeff Foster Trucking Inc.;
  • Tyler Clark, U.S. Government Affairs Industry Director, Microsoft;

Guidance for Members from the Department of Administration

Some members of the task force have sought guidance from the Department of Administration (DOA) about whether their work on this task force will impact their employers’ ability to participate in procurement opportunities from the State of Wisconsin. Based on the Governor’s directive to the task force, DOA does not anticipate the work of the task force would create a situation that would impact any participant’s employer’s ability to participate in state procurements, or result in the bidder’s employer needing to disclose a conflict of interest under State Procurement Manual PRO-206. DOA notes that participation on this task force does not constitute “employment” with DWD or any other state contracting agency as it is described in PRO-206.

Furthermore, unless the Task Force decides to move its work beyond the general recommendation of an AI solution into the development of specific procurement specifications to be used in a future solicitation, it is unlikely that the individual participating on the Task Force would get advance access to the type of information that could (if shared) put their employer at an advantage. If the task force does move into such requirements-writing work, specific task force members from companies that may want to participate in the eventual procurement for such an AI solution should expect to either opt out of such requirements-writing activity or take steps (and attest to DOA of such steps) to wall themselves off from the other members/divisions of their company that would respond to any such procurement resulting from the recommendations of the task force.

The service of task force members is greatly appreciated.