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Office of Technology Assessment (OTA)

Description: The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) closed on September 29, 1995. During its 23-year history, OTA provided Congressional members and committees with analyses of the scientific and technological issues that were increasingly relevant to public policy and legislative action. The agency's legacy is found in the many items of legislation it influenced and in the channels of communication its staff helped foster between legislative policymakers and members of the scientific, technical, and business communities. The Office's legacy is also found in its hundreds of publications, gathered for the first time in electronic form on the set of 5 CD-ROMs: The OTA Legacy, 1972-1995. This Web site presents the complete contents of the five CD-ROMs with additional enhancements and features that facilitate access and retrieval.
Date: June 1, 2001
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) Resources, February 1995

Description: This collection of Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) Resources information briefs details assessments and documents completed by OTA and categorized into a variety of topics, including the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, defense technology, and energy research and development.
Date: February 1995
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

RA (Research Assistants) Handbook, June 1992

Description: This handbook was created by the staff of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) for new Research Assistants, to introduce them to OTA policy and provide guidelines for Research Assistant activities.
Date: June 23, 1992
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Insider's Guide to OTA, January 1995

Description: This guide is intended as an informal orientation to some aspects of life at the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), and to answer some of the questions frequently asked about OTA. This guide was created in the hopes of acquainting new employees with the procedures, materials, information, and expertise that lie within OTA.
Date: January 1995
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Office of Technology Assessment FY1994 Annual Report to Congress, March 1995

Description: The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) is a nonpartisan congressional support agency of the United States congress. OTA is charged with advising the Congress on a wide range of critical issues involving science and technology. This report to Congress is required under Sec. 11 of the Technology Assessment Act of 1972, Public Law 92-484 (see p. 55). It describes the activities of the Office in Fiscal Yaer 1994 within the context of the legislative agenda of the 103rd congress and the events in the United States and the world during 1994.
Date: March 1995
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Policy Analysis at OTA: A Staff Assessment, May 1993

Description: This document presents the findings of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) staff assessment of policy analysis that took place in 1992. It consisted of reviewing 18 sample OTA reports and soliciting opinions about OTA's policy analysis from outside observers. This report presents the findings of this assessment, along with options for OTA management and suggestions for OTA project directors.
Date: May 1993
Creator: Office of Technology Assessment
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Science Advice to the Congress, May 1991

Description: This report is divided into three parts: first, an account of science advice to Congress and its dependence on its agencies; secondly, a more detailed look at the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) as the agency with most to offer other countries and most resemblance to parliamentary committee work; and thirdly, a short consideration of whether or not an OTA is appropriate for the UK.
Date: May 1991
Creator: Walters, Rhodri
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department