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Policies and procedures of the Office of Technology Assessment : communication with Congress and the public

Policies and procedures of the Office of Technology Assessment : communication with Congress and the public

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A manual for OTA employees, providing guidance for drafting proposals and reports. Includes standards and procedures for communicating with Congress.
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The Regulatory environment for science

The Regulatory environment for science

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This technical memorandum, requested by the Task Force on Science Policy of the House Committee on Science and Technology, provides a “snapshot” of factors affecting science in the 1980s, and focuses on emerging issues that will require consideration by Congress.
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Research funding as an investment: can we measure the returns?

Research funding as an investment: can we measure the returns?

Date: April 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on the mounting intensity of global competition in the 1980s that underscores the critical role played by the basic research enterprise of the United States. Basic research is the backbone of much of the technological development that has provided not only our economic prosperity, but improvements in health, a strong national defense, and exciting and fundamental advances in knowledge.
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A Review of U.S. competitiveness in agricultural trade

A Review of U.S. competitiveness in agricultural trade

Date: October 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This OTA technical memorandum reviews key factors that influence U.S. trade in agriculture. It is part of a larger OTA project that analyzes the effects of technological change on both international trade and the structure of the domestic economy. Despite basic structural changes in the economy of the United States in recent years, agriculture and food production remain important parts of this country’s economic framework.
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Technology Dependent Children: Hospital Vs. Home Care

Technology Dependent Children: Hospital Vs. Home Care

Date: May 1987
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This technical memorandum is about problems arising out of success. Recent advances in medical technology have permitted sick children who once would have died to survive with the assistance of sophisticated equipment and intensive nursing care. Often, the assistance is needed for just a short time, but sometimes the dependence on life-sustaining technology is permanent. As technology for helping keep children alive has improved, a new population of technology-dependent children has emerged.
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Elementary and Secondary Education for Science and Engineering

Elementary and Secondary Education for Science and Engineering

Date: December 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: Students make many choices over a long period, and choose a career through a complicated process. This process includes formal instruction in mathematics and science, and the opportunity for informal education in museums, science centers, and recreational programs. The influence of family, teachers, peers, and the electronic media can make an enormous difference. This memorandum analyzes these influences. Because education is “all one system, ” policymakers interested in nurturing scientists and engineers must address the educational environment as a totality; changing only one part of the system will not yield the desired result.
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Marine Applications for Fuel Cell Technology

Marine Applications for Fuel Cell Technology

Date: February 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on fuel cell technology is one of the most promising of the new electric power technologies currently undergoing development. Fuel cell power systems have attracted attention because of their potential for high efficiency, low emissions, flexible use of fuels, and quietness. The Federal Government and the private sector have been funding fuel cell R&D for more than 20 years. The state-of-the-art has advanced to the point that fuel cell manufacturers hope to begin marketing fuel cells in just a few years. Full-scale demonstration plants are currently being designed.
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New structural materials technologies: opportunities for the use of advanced ceramics and composites

New structural materials technologies: opportunities for the use of advanced ceramics and composites

Date: September 1986
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This memorandum is part of a larger assessment which will address the impact of advanced structural materials on the competitiveness of the U.S. manufacturing sector, and offer policy options for accelerating the commercial utilization of these materials.
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Reducing Launch Operation Costs: New Technologies and Practices

Reducing Launch Operation Costs: New Technologies and Practices

Date: September 1988
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This technical memorandum explains, the United States has spent relatively little effort in applying them to operations. Just as important as cost saving technologies are appropriate management methods, or strategies, to put these technologies to work. In some cases, OTA has found, cost savings could be achieved by streamlining operations and reducing the burden of documentation and reporting requirements that have slowly expanded over the years.
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Review of Postal Automation Strategy: A Technical and Decision Analysis

Review of Postal Automation Strategy: A Technical and Decision Analysis

Date: June 1984
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that reviews the "United States Postal Service (USPS) decision to utilizes single-line optical character readers (OCRs) instead of multi-line OCRs" and conducts "a comparative technical and economic analysis of the two technologies in the context of the overall postal automation program" (Foreward).
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