Testimony: CRS has made great strides, but more improvement needed

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April 2, 2019
Written testimony of Kevin R. Kosar Vice President of Policy, R Street Institute Before the House of Representatives Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee April 2, 2019 Thank you, Chairman Ryan, Ranking… Read More

GAO versus the ghost of OTA: Who will win the science and technology assessment race?

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March 20, 2019
Hardly anyone would argue that Congress is well equipped to make technology policy. Very few members are techies, and let’s face it, innovation is hurtling forward at a mind-blowing pace. Read More

You have 48 hours to become a tech expert. If only this office could help

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February 25, 2019
Silicon Valley loves picking on Washington, D.C., for being inept and slow. But what our friends in the Valley do not acknowledge is that while they can indulge in the… Read More

What to expect from GAO’s new science and technology office

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February 5, 2019
Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced the formation of a new office to aid Congress in understanding science and… Read More

There’s a new select committee for modernizing Congress. What does it mean for legislative IT?

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January 9, 2019
The House of Representatives voted Friday to establish a Select Committee for the Modernization of Congress. Title II of the House rules package, which includes a provision… Read More

Staff perspectives on the state of constituent correspondence in the U.S. Congress

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December 19, 2018
Recent investigations provide some of the first examinations of the systemic flow of telephone, email, fax, and social media correspondence through Members’ offices. These investigations find little evidence… Read More

ICYMI: Rebuilding a technology assessment office in Congress: Frequently asked questions

October 1, 2018
Congress is not known for being particularly tech savvy. This reputation comes in part from its quaint anachronisms, such as prominent Members’ desire to eschew email and smartphones,… Read More

Managing constituent correspondence: Implications for congressional learning and citizen advocacy

July 25, 2018
By Claire Abernathy Constituents contact their elected officials in Washington to express their views on policy, and these incoming contacts represent a potentially useful resource for congressional offices to… Read More

Technology assessment: Can the GAO fulfill the OTA’s mission?

April 20, 2018
To those who have paid attention to recent technology policy debates in Congress, such as the recent hearings with Mark Zuckerberg, it is obvious that the technology expertise gap… Read More

Bring in the nerds: Reviving the Office of Technology Assessment

January 27, 2018
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