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Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)

Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)

Date: June 1, 2001
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Description: The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) closed on September 29, 1995. During its 23-year history, OTA provided Congressional members and committees with analyses of the scientific and technological issues that were increasingly relevant to public policy and legislative action. The agency's legacy is found in the many items of legislation it influenced and in the channels of communication its staff helped foster between legislative policymakers and members of the scientific, technical, and business communities. The Office's legacy is also found in its hundreds of publications, gathered for the first time in electronic form on the set of 5 CD-ROMs: The OTA Legacy, 1972-1995. This Web site presents the complete contents of the five CD-ROMs with additional enhancements and features that facilitate access and retrieval.
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Women's History Celebration

Women's History Celebration

Date: November 15, 2000
Creator: President's Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History
Description: President Clinton established the Commission on the Celebration of Women in American History to consider how best to acknowledge and celebrate the roles and accomplishments of women in American history. It will hold meetings to consider ideas for such celebration, including a focal point for women's history in Washington, D.C., and the use of technology to connect existing and planned historical sites, museums and libraries. The first meeting of the Commission was held on July 16, 1998, at the Canandaigua County Courthouse, the site where Susan B. Anthony was tried and convicted for voting. The Commission's recommendations were reported to the President on November 15, 2000.
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President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry

President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry

Date: March 13, 1998
Creator: President's Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry
Description: The Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry was created by President Clinton to "advise the President on changes occurring in the health care system and recommend such measures as may be necessary to promote and assure health care quality and value, and protect consumers and workers in the health care system."
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Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US

Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the US

Date: March 31, 2001
Creator: Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States
Description: To present a thorough historical record of the collection and disposition of the assets of Holocaust victims that came into the possession or control of the Government of the United States. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States (PCHA), established by the U.S. Holocaust Assets Commission Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-186), is charged with conducting original research into the fate of assets taken from victims of the Holocaust that came into the possession of the U.S. Federal government; reviewing research done by others regarding assets that came to private collections and non-Federal government organizations (especially state governments and financial institutions); and advising the President on policies that should be adopted to make restitution to the rightful owners of stolen property or their heirs. The primary goal is to develop an historical account of those valuables that came into the hands of the Federal government. Original research is conducted in the areas of art and cultural property, gold, and non-gold financial property by teams of researchers headed by experts Jonathan Petropoulos, Marc Masurovsky and Helen Junz.
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President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond

President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond

Date: June 16, 2004
Creator: President's Commission on Moon, Mars and Beyond
Description: The mission of the Commission shall be to provide recommendations to the President on implementation of the vision outlined in the President's policy statement entitled "A Renewed Spirit of Discovery" and the President's Budget Submission for Fiscal Year 2005 (collectively, "Policy"). The Commission shall examine and make recommendations to the President regarding: a) science research agenda to be conducted on the Moon and other destinations as well as human and robotic science activities that advance our capacity to achieve the Policy; b) The exploration of technologies, demonstrations, and strategies, including the use of lunar and other in situ natural resources, that could be used for sustainable human and robotic exploration; c) Criteria that could be used to select future destinations for human exploration; d) Long-term organization options for managing implementation of space exploration activities; e) The most appropriate and effective roles for potential private sector and international participants in implementing the Policy; and f) Methods for optimizing space exploration activities to encourage the interests of America's youth in studying and pursuing careers in mathematics, science, and engineering; and g) Management of the implementation of the Policy within available resources.
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President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production while Protecting Public Health

President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production while Protecting Public Health

Date: May 18, 2001
Creator: President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production while Protecting Public Health
Description: Executive Order 13168, dated September 27, 2000 established the President's Commission on Improving Economic Opportunity in Communities Dependent on Tobacco Production While Protecting Public Health (Commission). The purpose of the Commission is to provide advice to the President on changes occurring in the tobacco farming economy and recommend such measures as may be necessary to improve economic opportunity and development in communities that are dependent on tobacco production, and protect consumers, particularly children, from hazards associated with smoking.
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President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform

President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform

Date: November 1, 2005
Creator: President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform
Description: On January 7, 2005, President Bush announced the establishment of a bipartisan panel to advise on options to reform the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more pro-growth to benefit all Americans. The Advisory Panel will submit to the Secretary of the Treasury a report containing revenue neutral policy options for reforming the Federal Internal Revenue Code as soon as practicable, but not later than November 1, 2005. These options should: simplify Federal tax laws to reduce the costs and administrative burdens of compliance with such laws; share the burdens and benefits of the Federal tax structure in an appropriately progressive manner while recognizing the importance of homeownership and charity in American society; and promote long-run economic growth and job creation, and better encourage work effort, saving, and investment, so as to strengthen the competitiveness of the United States in the global marketplace.
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President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health

Date: July 22, 2003
Creator: President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health
Description: President George W. Bush established the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health in April 2002 as part of his commitment to eliminate inequality for Americans with disabilities. The President directed the Commission to identify policies that could be implemented by Federal, State and local governments to maximize the utility of existing resources, improve coordination of treatments and services, and promote successful community integration for adults with a serious mental illness and children with a serious emotional disturbance.
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The Creation of the Science Commission

The Creation of the Science Commission

Date: January 7, 2003
Creator: Smithsonian Institution Science Commission
Description: For 155 years, the Smithsonian Institution has had as its mission "the increase and diffusion of knowledge." Given the important questions facing the scientific world today, the existing level of institutional financial and physical resources, the strengths of the Institution's people and its collections, how should the Smithsonian set priorities for scientific research in the years ahead and, in general, carry out its historic mission more effectively? 1) How should scientific research be organized to optimize the use of the Institution's human, physical and financial resources? 2) How should the performance of scientific research by individuals and research departments be evaluated? 3) How can the relationship between research and public programming be enhanced? 4) What suggestions, of any type might the Science Commission have to strengthen research at the Smithsonian? 5) What should be the qualifications of those chosen to lead key scientific research units of the Smithsonian? 6) What should be done to enhance public recognition of Smithsonian science?
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Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents

Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents

Date: December 20, 2000
Creator: Special Oversight Board for Department of Defense Investigations of Gulf War Chemical and Biological Incidents
Description: The Special Oversight Board shall provide advice and recommendations based on its review of Department of Defense investigations into possible detections of, and exposures to, chemical or biological weapons agents and environmental and other factors that may have contributed to Gulf War illnesses.
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U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century

U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century

Date: February 15, 2001
Creator: U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century
Description: The USCNS/21 is charged with thinking comprehensively and creatively about how the United States should provide for its national security in the 21st century.
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United States Commission on Ocean Policy

United States Commission on Ocean Policy

Date: February 18, 2005
Creator: United States Commission on Ocean Policy
Description: On September 20, 2004, the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy fulfilled its mandate to submit recommendations for a coordinated and comprehensive national ocean policy to the President and Congress. The Commission's final report, "An Ocean Blueprint for the 21st Century," contains 212 recommendations addressing all aspects of ocean and coastal policy. The 16 members of the Commission call on the President and Congress to take decisive, immediate action to carry out these recommendations, which will halt the steady decline of our nation's oceans and coasts.
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United States Information Agency (USIA)

United States Information Agency (USIA)

Date: August 4, 1999
Creator: United States Information Agency
Description: An independent foreign affairs agency supporting U.S. foreign policy and national interests abroad, USIA conducts international educational and cultural exchanges, broadcasting, and information programs.
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U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission

U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission

Date: December 13, 2001
Creator: U.S. Trade Deficit Review Commission
Description: The purpose of the Commission is to study the nature, causes, and consequences of the United States merchandise trade and current account deficits.
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White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy

Date: March 1, 2002
Creator: White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
Description: A growing number of Americans are using alternative approaches to health promotion and medical treatment. People are looking to health care providers to treat the whole person, not only illness. Because of public interest in and use of unconventional health care, the President established the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Executive Order 13147 authorizing the Commission was issued on March 7, 2000.
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Texas Tax Reform Commission

Texas Tax Reform Commission

Date: 2006
Creator: Texas Tax Reform Commission
Description: The Texas Tax Reform Commission (TTRC) was a bipartisan group of 24 Texans who developed proposals to modernize the state tax system and provide long-term property tax relief as well as sound financing for public schools. Governor Rick Perry directed the Commission to make recommendations on how to reform the state's business tax structure and provide significant property tax relief. Both goals are essential to promoting long-term economic growth and ensuring a stable, long-term source of revenue for public education. Accordingly. the Commission presented its final Report in March, 2006 and the recommendations not only address the Governor's directive, but also meet later court-mandated improvements in how Texas funds its schools.
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President's Commission on the United States Postal Service

President's Commission on the United States Postal Service

Date: 2003
Creator: Commission on the United States Postal Service
Description: The Commission's objective was to advise the President on the state of the United States Postal Service, prepare a report articulating a vision for the future of the United States Postal Service, and recommend the legislative and administrative steps necessary to enact reform needed to ensure the viability of postal services. Much has changed since the nation last revisited its mail system in 1970, most notably the rise of the Internet as a faster and more affordable communications alternative. Accordingly, the Commission final recommendations aim to tailor the Postal Service to the modern mail needs of the country and focus the institution on "best execution" in all aspects of its operations. The report concluded that a revitalized 21st century Postal Service-one that makes best use of every resource it has and takes full advantage of private-sector partnerships and new technologies-can serve as a prime example of how to enhance the quality and cost effectiveness of operations throughout the Federal government.
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White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans

Date: 2003
Creator: White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans
Description: President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13230 on October 12, 2001 establishing the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. The purpose of the seventeen member Commission is to work collectively to address the educational issues facing children of Hispanic ancestry living in this country, so that all children have the opportunity to learn, to realize the American dream and to succeed.
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White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation

White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation

Date: 2005
Creator: White House Council on Environmental Quality
Description: In August 2004 President George W. Bush signed the Executive Order titled "Facilitation of Cooperative Conservation" which directs Federal agencies that oversee environmental and natural resource policies and programs to promote cooperative conservation in full partnership with states, local governments, tribes and individuals. The executive order directed the Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to convene a White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. The Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency co-hosted the event. Some of the Key Conference Outcomes includes: -Expand state, tribal, and local communities' role in cooperative conservation -Ensure cooperative approach to use of public lands -Measure and monitor results of cooperative conservation -Encourage and reward leadership, innovation and technology -Improve certainty and incentives for stakeholders -Accelerate cooperative conservation as a way of doing business
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Return to Flight Task Group

Return to Flight Task Group

Date: 2003
Creator: Return to Flight Task Group
Description: On June 13, 2003 the NASA Administrator appointed two vetereran astronauts to lead an external task group in an independent assessment of the agency's "Return to Flight" efforts and to help the nation return the Space Shuttle safely to flight. On August 17th, 2005, the task group completed its work with the delivery of a final report to the NASA Administrator.
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National Prison Rape Elimination Commission

National Prison Rape Elimination Commission

Date: 2009
Creator: National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
Description: The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission was a bipartisan commission created by Congress as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), 42 U.S.C. § 15601, et seq. The Commission was charged with studying federal, state and local government policies and practices related to the prevention, detection, response and monitoring of sexual abuse in correction and detention facilities in the United States. Upon its creation, the Commission undertook a comprehensive legal and factual study of the impact of prison sexual assaults on federal, state and local government functions and on the communities and social institutions in which they operate. The Commission presented its final Report and proposed Standards on June 23, 2009. The information and resources on this Web site were compiled between 6/04 and 6/09.
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Commission on Systemic Interoperability

Commission on Systemic Interoperability

Date: 2005
Creator: Commission on Systemic Interoperability
Description: The Commission on Systemic Interoperability was authorized by the Medicare Modernization Act and established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Its members were appointed by the President of the United States of America and the leaders of the 108th United States Congress, and it held its first meeting on January 10, 2005.
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Antitrust Modernization Commission

Antitrust Modernization Commission

Date: May 31, 2007
Creator: The Antitrust Modernization Commission
Description: The Antitrust Modernization Commission was created pursuant to the Antitrust Modernization Commission Act of 2002, Pub. L. No. 107-273, §§ 11051-60, 116 Stat. 1856. The Commission consists of 12 members, 4 of which were appointed by the President, 4 by the leadership of the Senate, and 4 of which were appointed by the leadership of the House of Representatives. The Antitrust Modernization Commission submitted its Report and Recommendations to Congress and the President on April 2, 2007. The report is to "contain a detailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Commission, together with recommendations for legislative or administrative action the Commission considers to be appropriate." The Antitrust Modernization Commission terminated on May 31, 2007, pursuant to the Antitrust Modernization Commission Act, as amended.
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Select Bipartisan Committee to  Investigate the Preparation for and  Response to Hurricane Katrina

Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina

Date: 2006
Creator: Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina
Description: On September 15, 2005, the House of Representatives approved H. Res. 437, which created the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina. According to the legislation creating it, the Select Committee was charged with conducting "a full and complete investigation and study and to report its findings to the House". Accordingly, the Select Committee presented its final Report on February 15, 2006, regarding-- (1) the development, coordination, and execution by local, State, and Federal authorities of emergency response plans and other activities in preparation for Hurricane Katrina; and (2) the local, State, and Federal government response to Hurricane Katrina.
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