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1057/9781137359056 Congress’s Own Think Tank 1988 with major construction beginning in 1991. However, in the face of enormous cost overruns the SSC project was ultimately cancelled just two year later in 1993. In OTA’s early days TAB played a much stronger role in appointing staff and otherwise exerting more direct involvement in assessments, but TAB recognized in the mid-1970s that in order for the agency to carry out objective analysis, it would be necessary to separate the planning and day-to-day operations, including, especially, appointment of project staff and advisory panelists, from the members’ individual offices.
Preparation of a one or two page “report brief,” on occasion affectionately referred to as the “senator-sized version,” was a routine part of the OTA report release process, but its credibility relied on the existence of the major assessment report. Notes The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was created in 1976 as a successor to the OST, which was first established in the John F. Kennedy Administration in 1961. S. House of Representatives, “Panel on Science and Technology, Fifth Annual Meeting, Proceedings,” Committee on Science and Astronautics, 88th Congress, 1st Session, Washington, DC: Supt.
Historically, however, this feature came about as much by circumstance, tradition, and arguably implementing OTA’s statute effectively, which resulted ultimately in a well-ingrained agency policy, particularly as compared with approaches of most other organizations. Erosion of early warning and the role of TAAC The original conception of OTA included the objective of providing the Congress with an “early warning” on the potential impacts of new technology. Indeed this was the very essence of the evolving concept of the term technology assessment at the time, but the final structure of TAB led to a narrower operational charge of responding to current congressional needs expressed by the committees.
Congress’s Own Think Tank: Learning from the Legacy of the Office of Technology Assessment (1972–1995): Learning from the Legacy of the Office of Technology Assessment (1972–1995) by Peter D. Blair (auth.)