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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Decade: 1970-1979
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
The OTA: What It Is, What It Does, How It Works, December 1979
Describes the purpose, function, and makeup of the Office of Technology Assessment. Includes organization chart with handwritten annotations. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc9861/
A Status Report
Objectives for the OTA in the statutory mandate of the Technology Assessment Act and the policy directives. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc32906/
Program of Policy Studies in Science and Technology
These readings explore the historical, theoretical, methodological, and institutional aspects of assessment. Many of these publications represent early efforts to probe the concept and methodologies of the assessment function. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39854/
Technology Assessment Activities in the Industrial, Academic, and Governmental Communities
Hearings over the course of four days covering the "updated view of the mission, utility, methodology, and state-of-the-art of technology assessment" (p. 1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39366/
Food Information Systems
Transcriptions of statements made over the course of four days regarding the food information systems in the United States. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39363/
Application of Solar Technology to Today's Energy Needs - Volume 1
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) reviewing "a range of solar energy systems designed to produce thermal and electrical energy directly from sunlight" and examining this technology, identifying "the circumstances under which such systems could be economically attractive" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39380/
The Health of the Scientific and Technical Enterprise: An Advisory Panel Report to the Office of Technology Assessment
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on the science and technology fields, with the intent of developing a definition of the enterprise and giving "a framework within which policy makers can assess its health" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39388/
Emerging Food Marketing Technologies: A Preliminary Analysis
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on the "identification of new or emerging food marketing technologies that will have significant long-range impacts on society and the U.S. food system" (p. 3?). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39384/
Impact of a Department of Education on Federal Science & Technology Activities
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) examining "a range of congressional options available for ensuring the integrity of the educational process for professional scientists and engineers is maintained" during the creation of the Department of Education (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39389/
An Evaluation of Railroad Safety
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) evaluating the efforts made to improve the safety of the nation's railroads. The report gives "a comprehensive and systematic review of railroad safety" and assists "in current and future legislative deliberations on railroad safety" (p. v"). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39386/
Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) examining "current Federal policies and current medical practices to determine whether a reasonable amount of justification should be provided before costly new medical technologies and procedures are put into general use" (quoted from Foreword). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39383/
Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in the United States
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) assessing "the potential of enhanced recovery techniques for freeing more of this oil [discovered oil] from the sandstone and limestone formations in which it is trapped" (Foreward). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39385/
Applications of R&D in the Civil Sector: The Opportunity Provided by the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of the national research and development (R&D) activities with the intent of "understanding...how to maximize the beneficial impacts of our total R&D enterprise" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39382/
A Preliminary Analysis of the IRS Tax Administration System
A review by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of a proposal by the Internal Revenue Service for new computerized tax administration systems. The proposal is reviewed and investigated, with suggestions and proposals given by the OTA. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39375/
Organizing and Financing Basic Research to Increase Food Production
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment analyzing" alternatives for organizing and financing basic research to increase food production" (Preface). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39372/
Nuclear Proliferation and Safeguards
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that looks at nuclear proliferation and "seeks to facilitate an understanding of the problem and its implications, in terms of both a comprehensive overview and a detailed indepth analysis of key elements" (p. 7). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39371/
Technology Assessment in Business and Government
Hearings held by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) with the purpose of developing "a better understanding of how the processes of technology assessment have affected decisionmaking in the public and private sectors" (p.1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39377/
Establishing a 200-Mile Fisheries Zone
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) covering the the "major problems and opportunities which may occur because of the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976" (Preface). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39370/
Application of Solar Technology to Today's Energy Needs - Volume 2
The second of two reports by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) , this volume "provides detailed information about the assumptions made in these calculations and the techniques employed" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39381/
Government Involvement in the Innovation Process: A Contractor's Report to the Office of Technology Assessment
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment covering "the relationship between Government action and technological innovation in the civilian sector of the U.S. economy" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39387/
Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment assessing the transportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be used "in consideration of major new projects for the importation of natural gas, and of the competing alternatives for transporting natural gas from Alaska through Canada...or through Alaska only and thence via LNG tankers to the lower 48 States" (p. v). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39378/
Policy Implications of Medical Information Systems
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in response to the rising costs of medical care that assesses the "policy implications of computer-based medical information systems" (p. v). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39374/
An Analysis of the ERDA Plan and Program
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) analyzing a plan put forth by the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA). This report assesses the plan and "is intended to provide the Congress with much of the background information necessary for an effective analysis of ERDA's energy R&D programs" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39379/
Status Report on the Gas Potential From Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of "the potential for producing gas from the Devonian shales of the Appalachian Basin" based on "plausible economic, geologic, and technological assumptions" (Foreward). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39376/
Perspectives on Federal Retail Food Grading
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "evaluates changes and modifications in the present grading system which would facilitate consumer choices, examines the major issues associated with these changes, and outlines alternative approaches to implementing these changes" (p. ii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39373/
Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System—Volume III: Public Participation
This report—volume III—presents the findings of a nationwide public participation effort conducted in 1978 in conjunction with the assessment. The intent of the public participation program was twofold: to solicit commentary on the issues, alternatives for personal transportation, and Federal Government policy options; and to facilitate the public’s participation in OTA’s technology assessment process. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39845/
Nuclear Proliferation and Safeguards: Appendix Volume II, Part Two
The focus of this report is the construction of nuclear power plants abroad, especially the problem of assuring that none of the plutonium produced in these plants is diverted for use in weapons. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39848/
Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System—Volume I: Summary and Findings
This report analyzes the restraints of energy supply, environmental impacts, highway safety, and consumer cost on the further development of the automobile transportation system. It discusses Government initiatives that may be necessary to assure such further development. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39846/
Annual Report to the Congress for 1978
This report includes statements by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the board, TAAC Chairman, and the director of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). The report discusses many changes that have taken place at OTA during 1978: new quarters, new management, new organizational structure, a new method of establishing project priorities, a new ONE-PAGER digest of each report issued, greater outreach. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39840/
The Feasibility and Value of Broadband Communications in Rural Areas: A Preliminary Evaluation
A report covering a study conducted by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). The study looks at "the feasibility and value of using broadband communications to provide public services for rural areas" (p. I-1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39362/
Development of Medical Technology: Opportunities for Assessment
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) examining the human and financial costs to the healthcare system caused by research and development. It "discusses possibilities for and obstacles to assessing the social impacts of new medical technologies during the stages of research and development that precede their wiespread acceptance" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39361/
Analysis of the Proposed National Energy Plan
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of an analysis of the proposed national energy plan. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39367/
Comparative Analysis of the 1976 ERDA Plan and Program
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) analyzing the status of ERDA regarding short-term and long-term energy problems. It follows a 1975 analysis that contained a plan for ERDA; this report shows the progress since then and highlights 16 major issues that are of importance. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39360/
Cancer Testing Technology and Saccharin
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that, among other things, assesses "the capacity of current testing methodology to predict the carcinogenic potential of chemicals consumed by humans, with special reference to the validity of extrapolating from results of animal tests to possible human effects" (p. v). This study was done in response to the banning of the sweetener saccharin and the controversy about the testing that led to the ban. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39368/
Food Information Systems: Summary and Analysis
A study done by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) intended to "review food information systems in order to isolate and evaluate those significant to the development of food legislation and related congressional policymaking" (p. xi). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39364/
Engineering Implications of Chronic Materials Scarcity
Papers delivered at the fourth Henniker Conference on National Materials Policy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39369/
A Review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Research Outlook FY 1976 Through 1980
A review by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of a previous report by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The review closely examines the proposals in the five-year plan regarding national environmental goals. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39365/
An Assessment of Alternative Economic Stockpiling Policies
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that focuses on analyzing the "materials problems related to sudden discontinuities in the long-range supply/demand of a given material, resulting in complete or partial disruptions and abrupt price changes" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39345/
The Financial Viability of Conrail
A review prepared by the the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) based on the Final System Plan of the Consolidated Rail Corporation (ConRail) of 1974. It "examines "the critical assumptions affecting ConRail's financial viability using background data developed by USRA, the views of the key parties and independent analysis" (p.1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39342/
OTA Priorities 1979, With Brief Descriptions of Priorities and of Assessments in Progress
This report describes the first priorities list developed by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) as a result of a new and ongoing process for selecting possible projects for study. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39835/
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1976
This report covers the activities of the Office of Technology Assessment during calendar year 1975. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39832/
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1975
This report covers the activities of the Office of Technology Assessment during the year since March 15, 1974, the date of the preceding annual report, through March 15, 1975. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39831/
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1974
This report is intended to provide the Congress with information on the steps taken thus far by the Office of Technology Assessment, as well as general background information on the development of the Technology Assessment Act. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39830/
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1977
This report includes statements by the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the board, TAAC Chairman, and the director of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). The report discusses the year in review regarding the work in progress, organization and operations of OTA. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39838/
A Review of Alternative Approaches to Federal Funding of Rail Rehabilitation
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that is part of a plan to restructure the railroads of the Northeast. It "provides a conceptual framework for the evaluation of alternative approaches to federal assistance for the rehabilitation of the nation's railroad fixed plant" (p. xiv). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39341/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 12: Bibliography
A bibliography of the publications that were referenced in "An Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit," which was done by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39347/
Energy, The Economy, and Mass Transit
A report on a study conducted by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on current economic and energy conditions. The report "summarizes a number of findings regarding recent trends in the transit industry, the effects of current economic and energy conditions on the use of transit, and the relative merits of adopting alternative transportation strategies to increase transit use and achieve energy conservation objectives" (p. 1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39340/
An Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 3: Boston Case Study
One of nine studies done by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) assessing community planning for mass transit. The report identifies "the factors that help communities, facing critical technological choices, make wise decisions that are consistent with local and national goals for transit" (vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39348/
A Review of National Railroad Issues
The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) prepared a report that studies how to handle the remaining bankrupt railroads after the creation of Conrail. It examines the current financial states of railroads, and possible ways to address the problem. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39344/
Annual Report to the Congress for 1977
This report describes these projects in detail: the spread of nuclear materials and weapons-making capability, cancer-testing technology and saccharin, the implications of the Carter Administration’s National Energy Plan, the trade-offs between individual rights and massive computerization of the Nation’s tax information system, ways to spur research on increasing the supply of food, the prospects of solar technology. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39839/
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