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A Status Report
Objectives for the OTA in the statutory mandate of the Technology Assessment Act and the policy directives.
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.
An Analysis of the Impacts of the Projected Natural Gas Curtailments for the Winter 1975-76
A report prepared by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) analyzing the potential impacts of the expected natural gas shortage of the winter of 1975-76. The study's objectives are to "determine the extent to which these projected curtailments reflect the actual situation and what the impacts and potential danger points might be as a result of the natural gas shortage" (p. ix).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
Automated Guideway Transit: An Assessment of PRT and Other New Systems
A report by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) assessing the Automated Guideway Transit Systems, with both detailed findings and summaries.
An analysis of the feasibility of separating exploration from production of oil and gas on the outer continental shelf
A report on an analysis done by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) on whether or not it is feasible to separate "exploration from production of oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf" (p. iii).
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1975
This report covers the activities of the Office of Technology Assessment during the year since March 15, 1974, the date of the preceding annual report, through March 15, 1975.
Automobile Collision Data: An Assessment of Needs and Methods of Acquisition
A report on evaluation of the automotive crash recorder program proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As the assessment progressed, the implications for automobile collision data as a “whole became apparent and the report has been so titled to provide a more accurate indication of its scope.
Drug Bioequivalence
Report of the findings from a panel of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) regarding drug bioequivalence therapies. According to the report, the purpose of the Drug Bioequivalence Study Panel "was to examine the relationships between the chemical and therapeutic equivalence of drug products and to assess the capability of current technology -- short of therapeutic trials in man -- to determine whether drug products with the same physical and chemical composition produce comparable therapeutic effects" (p. 5).
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1974
This report is intended to provide the Congress with information on the steps taken thus far by the Office of Technology Assessment, as well as general background information on the development of the Technology Assessment Act.
Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1976
This report covers the activities of the Office of Technology Assessment during calendar year 1975.
Annual Report to the Congress for Fiscal Year 1995
This report includes statements from the TAAC chairman and director’s statement. The report includes the industry, commerce, international security division, as well as health, education and environment division.
Bibliography of Archival Materials
Bibliography of archival materials, by author and by date.
Caregivers of patients with dementia: final report
This report discuses caregivers of patients with Alzheimer's Disease or another dementing illness, based on a mail survey carried out between November 26, 1986 and January 28, 1986. The report presents the study purpose, study scope and method and a description of the sample obtained.
Catalog of OTA Publications
The document contains listings of publications by subject from the OTA office.
Demographic Trends and the Scientific and Engineering Workforce
A technical memorandum by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that "explores the effect that changes in the size and composition of the U.S. population may have on the science and engineering work force" (p. iii).
The Fusion Energy Program: The Role of TPX and Alternate Concepts
This report focuses on the following two questions for the U.S. fusion energy program. First, what is the role of the Tokamak Physics Experiment (TPX), an approximately $700 million fusion reactor currently awaiting a congressional decision to begin construction? Second, what is the role of alternatives to the tokamak concept in a broad-based fusion energy program?
Increased Automobile Fuel Efficiency and Synthetic Fuels: Alternatives for Reducing Oil Imports.
The objective of this report is to describe and analyze the hydrologic, institutional, legal, and economic issues involved in assessing and interpreting estimates of water availability for synfuels development in four major river basins: (1) Upper Mississippi, (2) Ohio/Tennessee, (3) Upper Missouri, and (4) Upper Colorado. In addition, the study evaluates the adequacy of currently used estimates of water availability as a basis for energy planning in these four basins.
Nuclear Proliferation and Safeguards: Appendix Volume II, Part One
This report is divided into two parts. The 1st part discusses incentives/disincentives, peaceful nuclear explosions, non-state adversaries, international nuclear industry, technical descriptions of fuel cycle facilities and evaluation of diversion potential. The 2nd part discuses dedicated facilities purchase and theft, and description of safeguards technology and procedures.
Quarterly Report Office of Technology Assessment, October 1 - December 31, 1985
Quarterly report detailing the budget and progress of the Office of Technology Assessment.
Quarterly Report to the Technology Assessment Board, April 1 - June 30, 1983
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QuOTAtion A Computerized Data Base of Information on OTA Publications
This binder contains full text information of all the OTA records in the database as of April 1990, listed by terms, subject, and document type.
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).
The Strengths and Weaknesses of OTA Policy Analysis, 1992
This document is a collection of Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) staff alumni responses to questions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of OTA policy analysis.
U.S. Natural Gas Availability: Gas Supply Through the Year 2000
A study by the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that examines natural gas availability until the year 2000 in the lower 48 United States.
Technology Assessment Seminar
Summary of the Technology Assessment Seminar proceedings held on September 21 and 22, 1968, regarding the importance of technology assessment, development, and responsibility in an increasingly technology-dependent society. Attendees consisted of Members of Congress and various technology experts and scholars .