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
                                                    View/download PDF copy… Read More

Bipartisan Hack-a-Thon Scheduled for November 30

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November 14, 2017
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer invite you to a hack-a-thon! The event will bring together a bipartisan group of Members of Congress, Congressional staff,… Read More

House Clerk to Unveil New, Improved Website

July 7, 2017
The House’s Clerk is soon to unveil a handsome new website with features including: Live House floor video; Daily legislative activity (floor summary, bills, votes, and committee meetings); and… Read More