Office of Technology Assessment Funding for FY20

The latest FY 2020 legislative branch appropriations bill includes $6 million in initial funding to restore the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), which was defunded more than 20 years ago. Advocates say it could help Congress understand emerging technology and its social and policy implications.

The OTA provided Congress with analysis of technology issues from 1972 to 1995. The agency’s mission was to ensure lawmakers had the information they needed on new or expanding technologies and objective information assessing impacts, policy proposals, and scientific expertise “to match that of the executive branch.”

The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries’ CyberCemetery contains the OTA historic collection, including documents and videos. The CyberCemetery is an archive of Government websites that have ceased operation (usually websites of defunct Government agencies and commissions that have issued a final report). GPO and UNT created a partnership to provide permanent public access to the websites and publications of defunct U.S. Government agencies and commissions.

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