Scenarios of five federal agencies (1991-95) as shaped by information technology: a report to the Federal Government Information Technology Project Page: I
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The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, in discharging
its statutory responsibilities for early warning to the Congress,
is conducting a study entitled Federal Government Information Techno-
logy. In this project, OTA is analyzing how computers, telecommuni-
cations, and other information technologies which could be available
for Federal use within the next decade could affect the federal
government, especially in the areas of privacy, security and civil
The present report is on one of seventeen small projects conducted
as background and preliminary input to the overall report. The
appended list of parallel projects should assist the reader in
putting this report into context.
In attempting to anticipate the consequences of information
technology for several federal agencies it seemed sensible to engage
those agencies in some way or another with this project. At the same
time it was essential that the agencies have no responsibility for
the results and hence, would feel less constrained or inhibited in
assisting us. By agreement with OTA, a group of candidate agencies
was identified, representing a wide range of government functions,
activities and sizes. We agreed to only do scenarios for agencies
that were willing to aid us by organizing a workshop and agreeing to
critique our report. As a further condition we agreed with OTA that
our scenarios would do no harm in the sense that they were not
intended to become instruments for berating the agencies, for exposing
or over-dramatizing weaknesses, or representing potential worst case
futures as likely. Those ground rules were implemented as described
in the body of the report.
We wish to acknowledge the large number of people who helped us.
Exhibit 7 notes each agency's principal point of contact and those
who participated in our workshops. In addition, other people were
helpful in collecting material, responding to specific questions, or
reviewing our reports. To each of them we express our gratitude for
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Hitchcock, Henry H.; Heinz, Lisa & Coates, Joseph F. Scenarios of five federal agencies (1991-95) as shaped by information technology: a report to the Federal Government Information Technology Project, report, June 21, 1985; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc97418/m1/3/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.