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Project Description (Initial Public Draft)

Mitigating AI/ML Bias in Context: Establishing Practices for Testing, Evaluation, Verification, and Validation of AI Systems

Date Published: August 18, 2022
Comments Due: September 16, 2022 (public comment period is CLOSED)
Email Questions to: ai-bias@nist.gov


Apostol Vassilev (NIST), Harold Booth (NIST), Murugiah Souppaya (NIST)


The NCCoE has released a new draft project description, Mitigating AI/ML Bias in Context: Establishing Practices for Testing, Evaluation, Verification, and Validation of AI Systems. Publication of this project description begins a process to solicit public comments for the project requirements, scope, and hardware and software components for use in a laboratory environment.

To tackle the complex problem of mitigating AI bias, this project will adopt a comprehensive socio-technical approach to testing, evaluation, verification, and validation (TEVV) of AI systems in context. This approach will connect the technology to societal values in order to develop guidance for recommended practices in deploying automated decision-making supported by AI/ML systems. A small but novel part of this project will be to look at the interplay between bias and cybersecurity and how they interact with each other. 

The initial phase of the project will focus on a proof-of-concept implementation for credit underwriting decisions in the financial services sector. We intend to consider other application use cases, such as hiring and school admissions, in the future. This project will result in a freely available NIST AI/ML Practice Guide.

Earlier this month, we announced a hybrid workshop on Mitigating AI Bias in Context on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The workshop will now be virtual only via WebEx and will provide an opportunity to discuss this topic and work towards finalizing this project description. You can register by clicking on the above workshop link. Hope to see you there!

Review the project description and submit comments online on or before September 16, 2022.

You can also help shape and contribute to this project by joining the NCCoE’s AI Bias Mitigation Community of Interest. Send an email to ai-bias@nist.gov detailing your interest.



AI-assisted human decision-making; AI bias; AI fairness; artificial intelligence (AI); bias detection; bias mitigation; credit underwriting; human-computer interaction; machine learning (ML); machine learning model
Control Families

None selected


Draft Project Description (pdf)

Supplemental Material:
Project homepage

Document History:
08/18/22: Project Description (Draft)
11/09/22: Project Description (Final)


Security and Privacy

risk management


artificial intelligence


financial services