May 14, 2019

Rainey Center supports reestablishing the Office of Technological Assessment

By Jacqueline Isaacs

The Rainey Center recently joined with a diverse group of organizations and experts to call on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations to provide funding for the reestablishment of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) as part of the fiscal year 2020 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

The letter, which was submitted to the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, reads in part,

The Senate has played a leading institutional role in promoting science and technology capacity in Congress. We note with favor the recently created Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics (STAA) team inside the Government Accountability Office, and its expanding capabilities to serve Members of Congress with expert advice and analysis. We also look forward to the forthcoming report from the National Academy of Public Administration later this year.

But OTA and STAA have different comparative advantages: the former in foresight and emerging technologies, and the latter in oversight and evaluating federal government programs and expenditures. Congress must have both these capabilities to meet the ever-increasing demands on its oversight and legislative responsibilities.

Read the letter, organized by the Lincoln Network, here.

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