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.

 

1979

  1. blankAnalysis of Laws Governing Access Across Federal Lands: Options for Access in Alaska
  2. blankAnnual Report to the Congress for 1978
  3. blank Benefits of Increased Use of Continuous Casting by the U.S. Steel Industry
  4. blank Computer Technology in Medical Education and Assessment
  5. blankThe Direct Use of Coal
  6. blank Drugs in Livestock Feed
  7. blank The Effects of Nuclear War
  8. blankEnvironmental Contaminants in Food
  9. blankGasohol
  10. blank Management of Fuel and Nonfuel Minerals in Federal Land
  11. blank Materials and Energy From Municipal Waste
  12. blank Open Shelf-Life Dating of Food
  13. blank OTA Priorities 1979, With Brief Descriptions of Priorities and of Assessments in Progress
  14. blank Pest Management Strategies in Crop Protection
  15. blank Railroad Safety-U.S.-Canadian Comparison
  16. blankResidential Energy Conservation
  17. blank A Review of Selected Federal Vaccine and Immunization Policies, Based on Case Studies of Pneumococcal Vaccine
  18. blank Selected Topics in Federal Health Statistics
  19. blank Technical Options for Conservation of Metals: Case Studies of Selected Metals and Products
  20. blank Technology and East-West Trade
  21. blank Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System-Volume II: Technical Report
  22. blank Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System-Volume III: Public Participation
  23. blank Technology Assessment of Changes in the Future Use and Characteristics of the Automobile Transportation System-Volume I: Summary and Findings

 

1978

  1. blankAn Analysis of the ERDA Plan and Program
  2. blank Annual Report to the Congress for 1977
  3. blank Application of Solar Technology to Today’s Energy Needs-Vol. I
  4. blank Application of Solar Technology to Today’s Energy Needs-Vol. II
  5. blankApplications of R&D in the Civil Sector: The Opportunity Provided by the Federal Grant and Cooperative Agreement Act of 1977
  6. blank Assessing the Efficacy and Safety of Medical Technologies
  7. blank Emerging Food Marketing Technologies: A Preliminary Analysis
  8. blank Enhanced Oil Recovery Potential in the United States
  9. blank An Evaluation of Railroad Safety
  10. blank Government Involvement in the Innovation Process: A Contractor’s Report to the Office of Technology Assessment
  11. blank The Health of the Scientific and Technical Enterprise: An Advisory Panel Report to the Office of Technology Assessment
  12. blank Impact of a Department of Education on Federal Science and Technology Activities
  13. blank Nutrition Research Alternatives
  14. blankPolicy Implications of the Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner
  15. blank A Preliminary Assessment of the National Crime Information Center and the Computerized Criminal History System
  16. blank Renewable Ocean Energy Sources: Part I-Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
  17. blank The Role of Demonstrations in Federal R&D Policy
  18. blank A Technology Assessment of Coal Slurry Pipelines 

1977

  1. blankAnalysis of the Proposed National Energy Plan
  2. blankAnnual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1977
  3. blank Cancer Testing Technology and Saccharin
  4. blank Engineering Implications of Chronic Materials Scarcity
  5. blank Establishing a 200-Mile Fisheries Zone
  6. blankNuclear Proliferation and Safeguards
  7. blank Nuclear Proliferation and Safeguards: Appendix Volume II, Part One
  8. blank Nuclear Proliferation and Safeguards: Appendix Volume II, Part Two
  9. blank Organizing and Financing Basic Research To Increase Food Production
  10. blankPerspectives on Federal Retail Food Grading
  11. blank Policy Implications of Medical Information Systems
  12. blank A Preliminary Analysis of the IRS Tax Administration System
  13. blank Status Report on the Gas Potential From Devonian Shales of the Appalachian Basin
  14. blank Technology Assessment in Business and Government
  15. blank Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas

 

1976

  1. blankAnnual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1976
  2. blank An Assessment of Alternative Economic Stockpiling Policies
  3. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 10-Washington, D.C. Case Study
  4. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 11-Technical Report
  5. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 12-Bibliography
  6. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 2-Atlanta Case Study
  7. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 3-Boston Case Study
  8. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 4-Chicago Case Study
  9. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 5-Denver Case Study
  10. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 6-Los Angeles Case Study
  11. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 7-Minneapolis-St. Paul Case Study
  12. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 8-San Francisco Case Study
  13. blank Assessment of Community Planning for Mass Transit: Volume 9-Seattle Case Study
  14. blank An Assessment of Information Systems Capabilities Required To Support U.S. Materials Policy Decisions
  15. blank Automatic Train Control in Rail Rapid Transit
  16. blankCoastal Effects of Offshore Energy Systems: An Assessment of Oil and Gas Systems, Deepwater Ports, and Nuclear Powerplants Off the Coasts of New Jersey and Delaware
  17. blank Comparative Analysis of the 1976 ERDA Plan and Program
  18. blank Development of Medical Technology: Opportunities for Assessment
  19. blank The Feasibility and Value of Broadband Communications in Rural Areas: A Preliminary Evaluation
  20. blank Food Information Systems
  21. blankFood Information Systems: Summary and Analysis
  22. blank A Review of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Research Outlook FY 1976 Through 1980
  23. blank Technology Assessment Activities in the Industrial, Academic, and Governmental Communities 

1975

  1. blankAnalysis of the Feasibility of Separating Exploration From Production of Oil and Gas on the Outer Continental Shelf
  2. blank Analysis of the Impacts of the Projected Natural Gas Curtailments for the Winter 1975-76
  3. blank Annual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1975
  4. blank Automated Guideway Transit: An Assessment of PRT and Other New Systems
  5. blank Automobile Collision Data: An Assessment of Needs and Methods of Acquisition
  6. blank Energy, the Economy, and Mass Transit
  7. blankFinancial Viability of Conrail: Review and Analysis
  8. blankOil Transportation by Tankers: An Analysis of Marine Pollution and Safety Measures
  9. blank A Review of Alternative Approaches to Federal Funding of Rail Rehabilitation
  10. blank A Review of National Railroad Issues

 

1974

  1. blankAnnual Report to the Congress by the Office of Technology Assessment: March 15, 1974
  2. blank Drug Bioequivalence
  3. blankRequirements for Fulfilling a National Materials Policy

 

1972

  1. blankThe Technology Assessment Act of 1972

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