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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/
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/
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 Analysis of the Impacts of the Projected Natural Gas Curtailments for the Winter 1975-76
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) analyzing the potential impacts of the expected natural gas shortage of the winter of 1975-76. The study's objectives are to "determine the extent to which these projected curtailments reflect the actual situation and what the impacts and potential danger points might be as a result of the natural gas shortage" (p. ix). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39338/
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/
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/
An Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 2: Atlanta Case Study
This report, based on a study directed by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) is one of nine case studies intended to assess community planning of mass transit. It "attempts to identify the factors that help communities, facing critical technological choices, make wise decisions that are consistent with local and national goals for transit" (pg. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39346/
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/
An Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 4: Chicago 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39349/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 5: Denver 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39350/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 6: Los Angeles 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39351/
An Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 7: Minneapolis-St. Paul 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39352/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 8: San Francisco 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39353/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 10: Washington, D.C. Case Study
One of many studies conducted by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). This report is intended "to provide an information base for an overall assessment of community planning for mass transit" (preface). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39356/
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/
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/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 11: Technical Report
One in a series of reports by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA). This particular report is intended to "cast light on prospective changes in national transit policy programs and administration that might improve, in different ways and to different extents, the way communities plan mass transit systems" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39355/
Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit, Volume 9: Seattle 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" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39354/
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/
Automatic Train Control in Rail Rapid Transit
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) covering the topic of of "the degree of automation which is technically feasible, economically justifiable, or otherwise appropriate for rail rapid transit" (p. viii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39358/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
Coastal Effects of Offshore Energy Systems: An Assessment of Oil and Gas Systems, Deepwater Ports, and Nuclear Powerplants Off the Coasts of New Jersey and Delaware
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) about the effects of coastal development in the United States, specifically New Jersey and Delaware. The study looks at "the likely consequences of three energy systems for the ocean environment, the coastal environment, and the economics and patterns of life in both States during the next two decades" (p. c.1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39359/
An Assessment of Information Systems Capabilities Required To Support U.S. Materials Policy Decisions
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) of an assessment designed to analyze "materials information systems and their capability to support effective policymaking decisions on materials problems" (p. vii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39357/
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/
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/
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 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/
Engineering Implications of Chronic Materials Scarcity
Papers delivered at the fourth Henniker Conference on National Materials Policy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39369/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
A Technology Assessment of Coal Slurry Pipelines
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on the "possible effects on society of coal slurry pipeline development, a comparison of pipeline and unit train costs, and an analysis of relevant legal and regulatory issues" (Foreword). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39395/
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/
Renewable Ocean Energy Sources: Part 1 - Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
A report in a series by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) considering renewable ocean energy sources as a possible energy supply. This report focuses on ocean thermal energy conversion and analyzes the feasibility of using it and evaluates current research on the topic (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39393/
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/
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/
The Role of Demonstrations in Federal R&D Policy
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "analyzes the Nation's experience with demonstration projects to provide Congress with a perspective and a set of guidelines for evaluating and shaping proposed demonstrations" (p. iv). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39394/