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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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
Nutrition Research Alternatives
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that analyzes "nutrition research alternatives-alternative goals and priorities, alternative definitions and funding, and alternative research personnel requirements" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39390/
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/
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/
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/
Policy Implications of the Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that looks specifically at the Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and examines "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 p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39391/
A Preliminary Assessment of the National Crime Information Center and the Computerized Criminal History System
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) concerning the growing use of computer and communications technology to the criminal justice system, analyzing possible issues that could arise in the Federal-State system (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39392/
Analysis of Laws Governing Access Across Federal Lands
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) analyzing "the laws governing Federal land management systems, the laws specifically applicable to Alaskan lands, and the major environmental and land-planning laws that affect access across Federal land management systems" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39396/
Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System-Volume 2: Technical Report
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines the automobile as a mode of personal transportation and considers issues an policy options pertaining to vehicles, highways, and related industries, services, and institutions" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39413/
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/
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/
The Direct Use of Coal
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines the complete coal system, from extraction to combustion, including the key steps and institutions that policy can influence" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39399/