Sending Office: Honorable Mark Takano
Sent By:
Yuri.Beckelman@mail.house.gov

Help Congress Understand Emerging Technologies – Support Amendment to Restore the Office of Technology Assessment

Dear Colleague:

Please vote yes on the Takano-Foster-Delaney-Esty-Langevin-Lieu-Luján Amendment to restore funding for the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) in Fiscal Year 2019.

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 amendment restores $2.5 million to the OTA Account for salaries and expenses to begin rebuilding the office in Fiscal Year 2019. The cost is offset by a reduction in the funds appropriated to the Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) administrative account.
It will not undermine specific AOC construction projects. 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 urge you to vote for the Takano-Foster-Delaney-Esty-Langevin- Lieu-Luján Amendment to restore this vital support agency and give Congress the resources to leverage emerging technologies in the policy-making process. For more information, please contact
Yuri.Beckelman@mail.house.gov with Rep. Takano, or
Yasmeen.Hussain@mail.house.gov with Rep. Foster.

Sincerely,

 

Mark Takano                                                   Bill Foster                                                       John K. Delaney
Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress           

Elizabeth H. Esty                                            Jim Langevin                                                  Ted Lieu                                              
Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

Ben Ray Luján
Member of Congress

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