Office of Technology Assessment

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The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was a United States body that advised members and bodies of the US Congress on scientific and technical issues.

OTA existed from 1972 to 1995 and, in terms of the nature of its scientific tasks, is comparable with the Office for Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag , in terms of institutional integration and size with the Scientific Service of the Bundestag .

OTA was established by law in 1972. 750 studies were carried out over a period of 24 years. When it closed in September 1995, the facility had 143 employees and an annual budget of $ 21.9 million.


  • Bruce A. Bimber: The politics of expertise in Congress: the rise and fall of the office of technology assessment . State University of New York Press, New York 1996, ISBN 0-7914-3059-6 .

Web links

Commons : Office of Technology Assessment  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Technology assessment act of 1972 , 86 Stat. 797. Full Title: An Act to establish an Office of Technology Assessment for the Congress as an aid in the identification and consideration of existing and probable impacts of1957'1043-10267 technological application to amend the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 land for other purposes ( PDF )
  2. ^ Warren E. Leary: Congress's Science Agency Prepares to Close Its Doors . In: New York Times, September 24, 1995, p. 26. ( archive version )