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Technology assessment: Legislative activity

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List of legislative actions related to technology assessment in the United States Congress. Note that incidental mentions of OTA may be excluded (e.g. the OTA Director is asked to lend non-specific assistance, OTA is mentioned with other legislative agencies, and so forth).

116th Congress

Pending legislative actions

Successful legislative actions

Other materials

Letters to Congress

115th Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H.R.5895 – Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2019
    • Conference Version: Conference report at joint explanatory statement. Directs a study by NAPA on technology assessment administered by CRS, as well as the expansion of GAO's tech assessment program. Published 10-Sept-2018.
      • Senate Version: S. Rept. 115-274. Directs a study by NAPA on technology assessment administered by GAO, as well as the expansion of GAO's tech assessment program. Published 14-June-2018.
      • House Version: H. Rept. 115-696. Directed a study by NAPA or similar entity on technology assessment administered by CRS. Published 21-May-2018.

Unsuccessful legislative actions

Hearings

Letters to Congress

Other materials

114th Congress

Unsuccessful legislative actions

  • H.Amdt.1171 to H.R.5325. Vote 10-Jun-2016; Failed 179 - 223.
  • H.Res.605. Introduced 4-Feb-2016.
  • Discussion draft from Rep. Chaffetz, R-Utah. Would amend the Technology Assessment Act of 1972, renaming OTA the "Office of Systems, Technology, and Innovation / Technology and Innovation Assessment," expanding the Technology Assessment Board to 25 members, as well as making other changes. Circulated 1-Nov-2016.

113th Congress

Unsuccessful legislative actions

112th Congress

Unsuccessful legislative actions

111th Congress

Letters to Congress

110th Congress

Successful legislative actions

Unsuccessful legislative actions

  • S.2307. Proposal to create a Science and Technology Assessment Service in the legislative branch. Introduced 5-Nov-2007.

109th Congress

Hearings

108th Congress

Unsuccessful legislative actions

107th Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H. Rept. 107-259. Provided funding for GAO's technology assessment pilot.

Unsuccessful legislative actions

  • H.R.2148. Introduced 13-June-2001.
  • S.1716. Proposal to create a Science and Technology Assessment Service in the legislative branch. Introduced 15-Nov-2001.
  • H.R.4 - Energy Policy Act of 2002. Proposal to create a Science and Technology Assessment Service in the legislative branch. Introduced 27-July-2001.

106th Congress

105th Congress

104th Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H.R.2492 - Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1996. Eliminates funding for OTA except for $3,615,000 to conduct orderly closure of the office. See: Public Law 104–53. Enacted 19-Nov-1995.

Unsuccessful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H.R.1854 - Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 1996. Vetoed 3-Oct-1995.
    • H.Amdt.451 to H.Amdt.450 (Amends H.R.1854). An amendment, offered as a substitute to the Fazio amendment to reduce the appropriation for the Library of Congress by $15 million and to increase the appropriation for the Congressional Research Service by an equal amount, to enable CRS to assume the functions of the Office of Technology Assessment. Vote 21-Jun-1995; Agreed 228 - 201.
    • H.Amdt.450 to H.R.1854. An amendment to restore funding for the Office of Technology Assessment. The amendment would add $18.6 million in funds to continue funding of the office at a level 15% less than current levels. Vote 21-Jun-1995; Failed 213 - 214.
    • H.Amdt.453 to H.Amdt.452 (Amends H.R.1854). On agreeing to the Houghton amendment (A008) Agreed to without objection 20-Jun-1995.
    • H.Amdt.452 to H.R.1854. An amendment, as amended by the Houghton amendment, to reduce the appropriation for the Library of Congress by $15 million and to increase the appropriation for the Congressional Research Service by an equal amount, to enable CRS to assume the functions of the Office of Technology Assessment. The amendment is identical to amendment No. 5, as amended by amendment No. 6, on which the proceedings of June 21, 1995 were vacated. Vote 22-Jun-1995; Agreed 220 - 204.
    • S.Amdt.1808 to H.R.1854. To restore funding to the Office of Technology Assessment. Vote 20-July-1995; Motion to table agreed 54-45.

Hearings

103rd Congress

Successful legislative actions

Unsuccessful legislative actions

102nd Congress

Successful legislative actions

101st Congress

Successful legislative actions

100th Congress

Successful legislative actions

99th Congress

Successful legislative actions

98th Congress

Successful legislative actions

97th Congress

Successful legislative actions

96th Congress

Successful legislative actions

Reports

95th Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H.R. 7932. Funding for OTA of $7,400,000. Enacted 5-Aug-1977.
  • Appropriations: H.R. 12935. Funding for OTA of $$9,700,000. Enacted 3-Sept–1978.
  • S. 2052. Extends Capitol Police protection to OTA offices. Enacted 13-Nov-1977.

Hearings

94th Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • H.R. 11804. Includes directive for OTA to conduct a study of the Federal Railroad Safety Act of 1970. Enacted 8-Jul-1976.
  • Appropriations: H.R. 13172. Provides supplemental funding for OTA of $93,000. Enacted 1-Jul-1976.

Hearings

Reports

93rd Congress

Successful legislative actions

  • Appropriations: H.R. 6691. Initial funding for OTA of $2,000,000. Enacted 1-Nov-1973.
  • Appropriations: H.R. 14012. Funding for OTA of $4,000,000. Enacted 13-Aug-1974.

Reports

92nd Congress

Successful legislative actions

Reports

91st Congress

Unsuccessful legislative actions

  • H.R. 17046. Citation needed.

Hearings

  • House Committee on Science and Astronautics, Subcommittee on Science, Research and Development, "Technology Assessment and the Environment: Hearings before the Subcommittee on Science, Research and Development." Citation needed.
  • House Committee on Science and Astronautics, Subcommittee on Science, Research and Development, "Hearings on H.R. 17046." Published 31-Aug-1970.

Reports

  • Congressional Research Service, "Technical information for Congress, First Edition." 18-April-1969.

90th Congress

89th Congress

Hearings

  • House Committee on Science and Astronautics, Subcommittee on Science, Research and Development, "Inquires, Legislation Policy Studies Regarding Science and Technology: The Second Progress Report of the Subcommittee on Science Research and Development." Citation needed.
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