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 Serial/Series Title: OTA background papers
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Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Date: December 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses the study that has been proposed as a partial response to the mandate of Public Law 99-272; that law also requires approval from the Director of OTA before any such studies are undertaken, which is the reason for this review. This study is one of three that make up the full VA response to the mandate to look into the health of women Vietnam veterans.
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Evaluating Defense Department Research

Evaluating Defense Department Research

Date: July 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper discusses briefly (1) the purposes of research directed toward support of the defense science and technology base and (2) criteria for judging government-supported, military oriented research portfolios. It will not cover, except tangentially, research into science and technology directed to civilian uses or the more advanced development phase of military weapons and systems.
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An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

An Evaluation of Options for Managing Greater-Than-Class-C Low-Level Radioactive Waste

Date: October 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This evaluation of management options for greater-than-Class C (GTCC) low-level radioactive waste was undertaken at the request of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. The Committee asked that OTA evaluate existing Federal and non-Federal options for GTCC waste storage and disposal. From its analysis, OTA was to develop an integrated management approach to protect public health and safety in the short- and long term.
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Technologies for the preservation of prehistoric & historic landscapes

Technologies for the preservation of prehistoric & historic landscapes

Date: July 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper shows, the implementation of Federal historic preservation laws with respect to historic landscapes lags far behind the effort expended on historic buildings and archaeological sites.
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Technologies for underwater archaeology & maritime preservation

Technologies for underwater archaeology & maritime preservation

Date: September 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper describes and assesses the role of technology in underwater archaeology and historic maritime preservation. As several underwater projects have recently demonstrated, advanced technology, often developed for other uses, plays an increasingly important role in the discovery and recovery of historic shipwrecks and their contents.
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State educational testing practices

State educational testing practices

Date: December 1984
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses state educational testing practices. Testing as an indicator of educational attainment is a characteristic of the American educational system. While there are many questions surrounding the use of tests for various purposes, when American public policy turns periodically to focus on public education, tests tend to increase.
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Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Supercomputers: government plans & policies

Date: March 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper was requested by the House Committee on Science and Technology. Within the past 2 years, there has been a notable expansion in the Federal supercomputer programs and this increase prompted the committee’s request for a review of issues of resource management, networking, and the role of supercomputers in basic research.
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Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Big Dumb Boosters: A Low-Cost Space Transportation Option?

Date: February 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This background paper describes and examines a launch vehicle concept commonly known as the “Big Dumb Booster,” a concept that derives from efforts first made in the 1960s to minimize costs of space launch systems. Some launch system analysts believe that the use of this concept, when applied to existing technology, could markedly reduce space transportation costs. Other analysts disagree.
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Performance Standards for Secondary School Vocational Education

Performance Standards for Secondary School Vocational Education

Date: April 1989
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This Background Paper contains the results of OTA’s analysis. Throughout the study OTA sought and received the assistance of many individuals and organizations in the business, education, and government communities. Their thoughtful contributions and criticisms were invaluable, although their participation does not necessarily reflect their endorsement of the contents of the report, for which OTA bears sole responsibility.
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Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Grassroots Conservation of Biological Diversity in the United States

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the technological and institutional aspects of biological data relevant to maintaining biological diversity in the United States focusing primarily on Federal data collection efforts.
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