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House votes down attempt to restart tech think tank

When the House votes Thursday to approve fiscal 2015 budgets for a slew of legislative-branch agencies, lawmakers will get a chance to resurrect the small technology agency that once provided Congress with expert technological and scientific advice. A floor amendment from Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) would siphon off about $2.5 million from the House historic buildings fund to provide start-up funding for a reboot of the Office of Technology Assessment

Tags: Congress , OTA , technology , House , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 04/30/2014, 05:48pm EDT

How Congress lost its tech groove at the corner of CitiBank and a fruit basket

Congress, as an institution, doesn't appear to have the technological skills and knowledge to ask the right questions when it comes to increasingly complex agency IT programs. The congressionally-chartered Office of Technology Assessment was defunded in the mid-1990s and former staffers say its absence is sorely felt today. Many people say the time is right for a reboot of the OTA. This article is part of the Federal News Radio special report, A New Era in Technology.

Tags: Congress , A New Era in Technology , Jack Gibbons , Lorelei Kelly , Office of Technology Assessment , Peter Blair , National Academies of Science , Peter Johnson , technology , Tim Persons , GAO

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 07:00am EST