Video: Time for an upgrade: Getting better tech for Congress

October 18, 2019
Congress and modern technology: These two terms aren’t often paired together, let alone considered compatible. Although technology has the capability to enhance the First Branch’s abilities—from legislative empowerment to… Read More

APSA Task Force Memorandum: Congress, Technology, and Innovation

October 2, 2019
To: The Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress From: Claire Abernathy, Stockton University; Kevin Esterling, University of California, Riverside; and Marci Harris, POPVOX Reform: Congress, Technology, and Innovation A Report… Read More

Know someone who wants to help Congress on tech issues?

August 16, 2019
Then nominate him or her to become a TechCongress Fellow. And, yes, self-nominations are encouraged. Details are at https://www.techcongress.io/nominate. This is a paid fellowship on the Hill. Hurry up… Read More

Should we rename the Office of Technology Assessment?

August 8, 2019
Over the past year or so, there’s been growing … Read More

Bring back the OTA? Not without a few changes

July 18, 2019
This spring, the House included $6 million to revive the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in its draft appropriations. The nonpartisan agency, defunded in 1995, was responsible for helping… Read More

Modernizing Congress: Bringing Democracy Into the 21st Century

July 2, 2019
Download this report published by the Beeck Center of Georgetown University. Read More

Congress’ science and technology knowledge problem

June 11, 2019
 By Kevin R. Kosar “Suppose you were an idiot,” Mark Twain once quipped, “and suppose you were a member… Read More

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