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Annual Report to the Congress: Fiscal Year 1995

Annual Report to the Congress: Fiscal Year 1995

Date: March 1996
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: 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.
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Arming Our Allies: Cooperation and Competition in Defense Technology

Arming Our Allies: Cooperation and Competition in Defense Technology

Date: May 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This Special Report is the frost product of OTA assessment of international collaboration in defense technology. It provides an overview of the subject and analyzes the impact that changes in the environment of defense technology and reduced East-West tensions will exert on defense industrial cooperation and associated alliance relations.
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Assessing the Potential for Civil-Military Integration: Selected Case Studies

Assessing the Potential for Civil-Military Integration: Selected Case Studies

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper presents material from three of the case studies undertaken during the assessment: flat panel displays, polymeric composites, and shipbuilding. The three cases illustrate both the opportunities and the challenges facing those designing policies to increase the level of civil–military integration (CMI).
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Assessing the Potential for Civil-Military Integration: Technologies, Processes, and Practices

Assessing the Potential for Civil-Military Integration: Technologies, Processes, and Practices

Date: September 1994
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report responds to requests by the Senate and the House Armed Services Committees to investigate the potential for civil-military integration and the implications of such integration. It is divided into six chapters and five appendices.
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Automated Record Checks for Firearm Purchasers: Issues and Options

Automated Record Checks for Firearm Purchasers: Issues and Options

Date: July 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report assesses the proposals and prospects for automated checks, ranging from the point-of-sale “instant” check now used by the State of Virginia, to the establishment of a computerized national felons file, to live scanning of fingerprints, or the issuance of ‘smart’ cards to identify firearm purchasers. It considers the benefits, costs, and risks of automated checks. The report examines the relationship between automated record checks and waiting periods, the wide variability in State criminal record systems, and the challenges of improving the automation and quality of record systems.
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Beneath the bottom line: agricultural approaches to reduce agrichemical contamination of groundwater

Beneath the bottom line: agricultural approaches to reduce agrichemical contamination of groundwater

Date: December 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report discusses the agricultural practices that are contributing to the contamination of groundwater, how to develop alternative practices, it outlines major components of the water quality issues, and describes the integrating and coordinating activities of the respective federal agencies.
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Beneath the Bottom Line: Agricultural Approaches To Reduce Agrichemical Contamination of Groundwater

Beneath the Bottom Line: Agricultural Approaches To Reduce Agrichemical Contamination of Groundwater

Date: November 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: The report discusses contamination of the hydrogeological system (a primer), technologies to improve nutrient and pest management, farmer decision-making and technical assistance to reduce agrichemical contamination of groundwater, and public influences on agrichemical contamination of groundwater.
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Beneath the bottom line: agricultural approaches to reduce agrichemical contamination of groundwater, part B management

Beneath the bottom line: agricultural approaches to reduce agrichemical contamination of groundwater, part B management

Date: December 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report discusses the assessment of agrichemicals in ground water in the United States in the late 1970's. A series of recommendations are offered in this report to help solve the problems.
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Benefit Design in Health Care Reform: Clinical Preventive Services

Benefit Design in Health Care Reform: Clinical Preventive Services

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This Report examines the evidence on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of selected clinical preventive services, and whether and how this information might be used to design insurance benefits.
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Benefit Design in Health Care Reform: Patient Cost-Sharing

Benefit Design in Health Care Reform: Patient Cost-Sharing

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper examines the health services and economics literature to learn what is known about the effects of patient cost-sharing (that is, annual deductibles, coinsurance, copayments, and out-of-pocket maximurns) on patients’ use of health care services, on plan expenditures, and on patients’ health outcomes.
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The Big Picture: HDTV and High-Resolution Systems

The Big Picture: HDTV and High-Resolution Systems

Date: June 1990
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: A report on High Definition Television (HDTV. During 1989, HDTV moved from obscurity to center stage in the ongoing debate over the role of the Federal Government in U.S. industrial competitiveness. HDTV and related High-Resolution System (HRS) technologies in the computer and communications sectors may significantly impact U.S. electronics manufacturing, accelerate fundamental restructuring of the U.S. communications infrastructure, and provide a host of valuable services.
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Biological Components of Substance Abuse and Addiction

Biological Components of Substance Abuse and Addiction

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This paper describes biological contributing factors to substance abuse and addiction. The second document being produced by this study will discuss the complex interactions of biochemical, physiological, psychological, and sociological factors leading to substance abuse and addiction.
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Biological Rhythms: Implications for the Worker

Biological Rhythms: Implications for the Worker

Date: September 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses biological rhythms: what they are, how they are controlled by the brain, and the role they play in regulating physiological and cognitive functions. The major focus of the report is the examination of the effects of nonstandard work hours on biological rhythms and how these effects can interact with other factors to affect the health, performance, and safety of workers.
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Biologically Based Technologies for Pest Control

Biologically Based Technologies for Pest Control

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report covers technologies ranging from enhanced biological control of pests by their natural predators and parasites to commercial formulations of microbial pesticides. These technologies are grounded in an understanding of pest biology and have a relatively low probability of harmful effects on human health or the environment.
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The Biology of Mental Disorders

The Biology of Mental Disorders

Date: September 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report presents a summary of research into the biological factors associated with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder. The report also discusses support for this research and the social context in which it moves forward.
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Biomedical Ethics in U.S. Public Policy

Biomedical Ethics in U.S. Public Policy

Date: June 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report reviews the history of four Federal bioethics initiatives: the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, the Ethics Advisory Board, the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and Biomedical and Behavioral Research, and the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee.
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Biopolymers: Making Materials Nature's Way

Biopolymers: Making Materials Nature's Way

Date: September 1993
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report discusses a study that provides a basic introduction to biopolymer technology; profiles some of the more promising polymer materials; reviews research activities in the United States, Europe, and Japan; and describes the principal technical challenges and regulatory issues that may affect biopolymer commercialization efforts.
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Bioremediation for Marine Oil Spills

Bioremediation for Marine Oil Spills

Date: May 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This OTA background paper evaluates the current state of knowledge and assesses the potential of bioremediation for responding to marine oil spills. Our basic message is a dual one: we caution that there are still many uncertainties about the use of bioremediation as a practical oil spill response technology; nevertheless, it could be appropriate in certain circumstances, and further research and development of bioremediation technologies could lead to enhancing the Nation’s capability to fight marine oil spills.
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Biotechnology in a global economy

Biotechnology in a global economy

Date: June 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report discusses the biotechnology in the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Kingdom.
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Biotechnology in a Global Economy

Biotechnology in a Global Economy

Date: October 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the impact of biotechnology in several industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, agriculture, and hazardous waste clean-up; the efforts of 16 Nations to develop commercial uses of biotechnology; and the actions, both direct and indirect, taken by various governments that influence innovation in biotechnology.
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Biotechnology in a global economy: Biotechnology developments in Asia - A financial prespective

Biotechnology in a global economy: Biotechnology developments in Asia - A financial prespective

Date: June 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment
Description: This report discusses the biotechnology development, government, research institutes and industry and finance in the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan.
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Biotechnology in a global economy : summary

Biotechnology in a global economy : summary

Date: October 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report examines the impact of biotechnology in several industries including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, agriculture and hazardous waste clean-up.
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Bringing Health Care Online: The Role of Information Technologies

Bringing Health Care Online: The Role of Information Technologies

Date: September 1995
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report identifies key technologies and shows how they are being used to communicate clinical information, simplify administration of health care delivery, assess the quality of health care, inform the decision-making of providers and administrators, and support delivery of health care at a distance.
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Building Energy Efficiency

Building Energy Efficiency

Date: May 1992
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Description: This report focuses on energy use in buildings, which account for over one-third of all energy used in the United States. Significant energy savings in buildings are possible through the use of commercially available, cost-effective, energy efficient technologies; yet adoption rates for these technologies are often low. Interviews with industry, property managers, homeowners, and others were used to explore why technology adoption rates are so low. Past Federal efforts to encourage energy efficiency are reviewed, and policy options for encouraging the adoption of energy efficient technologies are discussed.
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