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The Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) closed on September 29, 1995. During its 23-year history, OTA provided Congressional members and committees with analyses of the scientific and technological issues that were increasingly relevant to public policy and legislative action.

OTA occupied a unique role among the Congressional information agencies. Unlike the General Accounting Office, which is primarily concerned with evaluation of ongoing programs, and the Congressional Research Service, which provides rapid information on legislative topics, OTA provided a deeper, more comprehensive, and more technical level of analysis. Through eleven Congressional sessions, OTA became a key resource for Congressional members and staff confronting technological issues in crafting public policy. Its existence brought a healthy balance to the analytical resources available to the executive and legislative branches of government.

The agency's legacy is found in the many items of legislation it influenced and in the channels of communication its staff helped foster between legislative policymakers and members of the scientific, technical, and business communities.

The Black Vault has archived here the complete collection of reports and data issued by the OTA. Clicking on any document below will take you directly to the report, all in .pdf format. This collection holds 110,670 pages in total.



  1. Acid Rain and Transported Air Pollutants: Implications for Public Policy
  2. Africa Tomorrow: Issues in Technology, Agriculture, and U.S. Foreign Aid
  3. Airport System Development
  4. Annual Report to the Congress: January 1 to September 30, 1983
  5. Arms Control in Space
  6. The Boston Elbow
  7. Civilian Space Stations and the U.S. Future in Space
  8. Commercial Biotechnology: An International Analysis
  9. Computerized Manufacturing Automation: Employment, Education, and the Workplace
  10. The Contact Lens Industry: Structure, Competition, and Public Policy
  11. Directed Energy Missile Defense in Space
  12. Effects of Information Technology on Financial Services Systems
  13. Environmental Protection in the Federal Coal Leasing Program
  14. Federal Policies and the Medical Devices Industry
  15. The Hemodialysis Equipment and Disposables Industry
  16. Human Gene Therapy
  17. Impacts of Neuroscience
  18. Intensive Care Units (ICUs): Clinical Outcomes, Costs, and Decisionmaking
  19. The Market for Wheelchairs: Innovations and Federal Policy
  20. Medical Technology and the Costs of the Medicare Program
  21. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology: A Clinical, Industrial, and Policy Analysis
  22. Nuclear Power in an Age of Uncertainty
  23. Protecting the Nation's Groundwater from Contamination-Vol. I
  24. Protecting the Nation's Groundwater from Contamination-Vol. II
  25. Remote Sensing and the Private Sector: Issues for Discussion
  26. Review of Postal Automation Strategy: A Technical and Decision Analysis
  27. Technologies To Sustain Forest Resources
  28. Technology and the Future of the U.S. Construction Industry
  29. Technology, Innovation, and Regional Economic Development
  30. Technology, Renewable Resources, and American Crafts
  31. Technology Transfer to the Middle East
  32. U.S. Vulnerability to an Oil Import Curtailment
  33. Update of Federal Activities Regarding the Use of Pneumococcal Vaccine
  34. Wetlands: Their Use and Regulation
  35. Wood Use: U.S. Competitiveness and Technology-Vol. II



  1. Agricultural Postharvest Technology and Marketing Economics Research
  2. Annual Report to the Congress for 1982
  3. An Assessment of Maritime Trade and Technology
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