Technology Assessment in Congress: History and Legislative Options
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Congress created the Office of Technology Assessment OTA in 1972, P.L. 92-484, and terminated its funding in 1995. The pros and cons of reviving OTA or recreating a similar body have been examined. Since 2002, at congressional direction, the Government Accountability Office GAO, formerly the General Accounting Office conducted two pilot technology assessments and is completing two others. Legislation was proposed during the 108th Congress to restore OTAs funding H.R. 125 create an entity to conduct assessments for Congress H.R. 6 as passed in the Senate conduct technology assessments in GAO report language on H.R. 2657, H.R. 4755, and S. 2666 and create a technology assessment capability in GAO S. 2556 or under its direction H.R. 4670. Policy issues under discussion include the need for assessments, funding, the utility of GAOs technology assessment-related reports, and options for institutional arrangements. This report will be updated as needed.
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