The House Will Have a Longer Calendar In 2017

December 2, 2016
Source: One aspect of congressional capacity i the calendar: how long the House and Senate are in town doing legislative business affects how much they can get done. Rachel… Read More

How Did the Reports of OTA, the Congressional Research Service, and the National Academies Differ?

November 15, 2016
A 1995 Office of Technology Assessment report. Source: By Richard E. Rowberg The Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) was de-funded in 1995. Whenever Congress considers whether OTA… Read More

How will Congress respond to a Trump win?

November 10, 2016
By Joshua C. Huder Republicans won both elected branches of government on Tuesday night. They will add the Third Branch soon as a SCOTUS nominee will be among the first… Read More

Are House Waivers a Problem?

November 8, 2016
Mark Strand and Tim Lang write in a new Congressional Institute short report: Although the House of Representatives adopts rules on the first day of each new Congress, the… Read More

Video: Meeting to Discuss Whether the Office of Technology Assessment Should Be Revived

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October 18, 2016
The speakers at this October 19, 2016 meeting of the Legislative Branch Capacity Working Group were: Kevin R. Kosar, R Street Institute John Costello, TechCongress Adam Keiper,… Read More

Office of Technology Assessment: Additional Background Material

October 13, 2016
The House Committee on Science held a hearing on Congress and scientific knowledge on July 25, 2006. The Office of Technology Assessment, which had been defunded and shuttered 11… Read More

What Did the Office of Technology Assessment Do and Why Was It Defunded?

October 12, 2016
Adam Keiper, editor of the New Atlantis, authored this fine essay on the Office of Technology Assessment. He interviewed former OTA staff in the course of researching the piece,… Read More

RSVP for the Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12pm in the Capitol Visitors Center

October 11, 2016
The topic of the day is, “Should We Revive the Office of Technology?” Congress established the Office of Technology Assessment in 1972, during the same era when it strengthened… Read More

Is the House of Representatives Legislating In the Dark?

September 26, 2016
In this short audio interview, Professor James Curry (University of Utah) explains how limited resources have enabled party leaders to write and negotiate most laws in Congress. Lacking… Read More

Proposed: A New Congressional Regulatory Office

September 22, 2016
If Congress has often been unwilling to actively control the output of the administrative state, over the years it has also become effectively unable to do so. As the… Read More