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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Decade: 1970-1979
 Collection: Office of Technology Assessment
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/
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/
Engineering Implications of Chronic Materials Scarcity
Papers delivered at the fourth Henniker Conference on National Materials Policy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39369/
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/
Environmental Contaminants in Food
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that is "concerned with chemical and radioactive contaminants that inadvertently find their way into the human food supply" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39402/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
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/
Gasohol
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) addressing "the major technical, economic, environmental and social factors related to production and use" (Issues and Findings). Gasohol is a mixture of one part ethanol and nine parts unleaded gasoline. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39403/
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/
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/
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/
Management of Fuel and Nonfuel Minerals in Federal Land: Current Status and Issues
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "examines a series of options that range from continuance of the status quo to major and comprehensive innovations in the management of mineral activities on Federal lands" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39404/
Materials and Energy from Municipal Waste
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that addresses "important questions that have arisen about the feasibility of various approaches to resource recovery, recycling, and reuse" and presents "the results of an examination of important technological, economic, and institutional factors" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39405/
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/
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/
Oil Transportation by Tankers: An Analysis of Marine Pollution and Safety Measures
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) presenting "a factual background on tankers and a discussion of issues related to the safety of tanker operation and the potential presented by tankers for introducing polluting oil into the marine environment" (p. xv). The report investigates broad issues and suggests possible alternatives. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39343/
Open Shelf-Life Dating of Food
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that analyzes "consumers' perspectives on open-date labeling; benefits and costs; alternative systems and techniques; alternative criteria and scientific tests to establish open dates; enforcement mechanisms and liability related to open-date labeling; and options available to Congress" (p. 1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39406/
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/
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 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/
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/
Pest Management Strategies in Crop Protection: Volume 1
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) intending to "assess crop protection problems, current and emerging control technologies," "evaluate Federal constraints to improved pest management in the United States," and "review the problems, potentials, and impacts of the transfer of North American crop protection technology to the developing world" (p. 3). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39407/
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/
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 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/
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/
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/
Railroad Safety—U.S.-Canadian Comparison
This report represents a significant cooperative effort on the part of Canadian and U.S. Government agencies, railroads, and labor groups in creating mutual understanding of railroad safety policy and programs. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39602/
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/
Requirements for Fulfilling a National Materials Policy
Report from a conference focused on finding a "consensus on main themes of materials policy, and to focus national attention on the need for a strong, effective national network of materials information systems" (p. 1). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39336/
Residential Energy Conservation
An assessment by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that analyzes "the potential for conserving energy in homes in terms of energy and costs" and "reviews existing and promising technologies, and a broad set of issues affecting why these technologies are or are not used, how their level of use and effectiveness can be improved, and related Federal programs and policies" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39408/
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/
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 Review of Selected Federal Vaccine and Immunization Policies, Based on Case Studies of Pneumococcal Vaccine
The first in six reports by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that addresses "1) vaccine research, development, and production; 2)vaccine safety and efficacy; 3) cost-effectiveness of vaccination and implications for reimbursement; and 4) liability and compensation for vaccine-related injuries" (p. 4). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39409/
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/
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/
Selected Topics in Federal Health Statistics
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that looks at how information about Federal health programs is collected. Part 1 "inventories the different health data collection systems administered by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and other Federal agencies" and Part 2 "is a directory of statutory provisions that govern the collection of health data by the Public Health Service and the Health Care Financing Administration" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39410/
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/
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/
Technical Options for Conservation of Metals: Case Studies of Selected Metals and Products
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment that "explores the kinds and amounts of waste that occur in this Nation's use of eight critical metals and the technical options for reducing that waste" (Foreward). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39411/
Technology and East-West Trade
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that identifies and evaluates the "economic, political, and military costs and benefits that accrue to the United States in its trade with the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and the People's Republic of China, taking account of the complex ways in which these factors interrelate" (p. iii). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc39412/
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/
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/