Sending Office: Honorable Mark Takano
Sent By:
Amanda.Eaton@mail.house.gov

Sign-On Letter: Restore Funding for the Office of Technology Assessment in the FY 19 Leg-Branch Approps Bill

Deadline: COB, Thursday, March 15

Current Cosigners (30): Brady, Chu, Cohen, Connolly, Costa, Delaney, DelBene, DeSaulnier, Dingell, Eshoo, Esty, Hanabusa, Hastings, Huffman, Jackson Lee, Langevin, Lieu, Lofgren, Lowenthal, McGovern, McNerney, Norton, Payne,
Raskin, Rosen, Rush, Schakowsky, Shea-Porter, Soto, Yarmuth

***If you would like to sign on, please fill out the form
here.***

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in supporting the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in the Fiscal Year 2019 Legislative Branch Appropriations bill.

For more than two decades the OTA provided relevant, unbiased technical and scientific assessments for Members of Congress and staff. The OTA is still authorized, but the office was defunded in 1995, stripping Congress of a valuable resource that understood
both emerging technologies as well as the intricacies of the legislative process and the needs of policy makers.

In its absence, the need for the OTA has only grown. Twenty years later, many of the topics OTA studied are still relevant today, whether it be a study on the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or testing in America’s schools. Now, the
OTA could help Congress face new issues like strengthening cybersecurity or understanding the policy implications of artificial intelligence.

Funding the OTA is a wise investment for the future. In the last year it operated, the total budget for the OTA was $23 million, but the sound policy advice that the OTA generated has saved the federal government billions of dollars.

Our letter urges the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee to begin restoring funding, from within the Subcommittee’s allocation, to the OTA. Restoring the OTA will better prepare Congress to account for emerging technologies in the legislative
process and allow us to make informed policy decisions that benefit our constituents and the nation.

We hope you will join us in supporting the restoration of the OTA. If you would like to sign on please fill out the form
here. With questions or for more information please contact Amanda Eaton with Rep. Takano at
amanda.eaton@mail.house.gov or Yasmeen Hussain with Rep. Foster at
yasmeen.hussain@mail.house.gov.

Sincerely,

 

Mark Takano                                                               Bill Foster                  

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress