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

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to a lunch briefing to discuss “Science, Technology, and Democracy: Building a Modern Congressional Technology Assessment Office,” a new paper by
Zach Graves and Daniel Schuman offering recommendations and a road map for resurrecting technology assessment capability in Congress. This briefing, sponsored by the
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, a research center at
Harvard Kennedy School will be held in Rayburn 2044 on
Friday, February 21 from noon to 1:30pm.

In their paper, Graves, a 2019 Technology and Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center and head of policy at the Lincoln Network, and Schuman, policy director at Demand Progress, make the case that reviving Congress’s technical assessment capabilities presents “a
rare opportunity for institution-building.” The pair calls for restoring and modernizing Congress’s technical assessment capacity by improving and expanding upon the work being done at the Government Accountability Office (GAO)’s recently established Science,
Technology Assessment, and Analytics (STAA) team with new authorizing legislation. They also argue for the creation of a smaller, emerging-technologies-focused version of Office of Technical Assistance they call the Technology Assessment Service (TAS).

Graves and Shulman will be joined by Teresa Acuña, Associate Director of the Ash Center’s Democratic Governance program and
Diane Katz, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy at the Heritage Foundation. I hope you can join us next month for a lively discussion on the future of Congress’s science and technology capabilities.

For more information please contact Yuri Beckelman –
yuri.beckelman@mail.house.gov
– in the Office of Congressman Mark Takano.

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Rules/Legislative Branch, Science, Technology

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