By Peter D. Blair (auth.)

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Textile and Apparel Industry: A Revolution in Progress, Special Report, NTIS order #PB87–196762, 1987.  Described in more detail in Peter D. Blair, “Technology Assessment: Current Trends and the Myth of a Formula,” First Meeting of the International Association of Technology Assessment and Forecasting Institutions, Bergen, Norway, May 2, 1994. ” See Office of Technology Assessment. “Rules of Procedure, Technology Assessment Board,” (unpublished), 1973.  For a more detailed account of these traditions, see Bruce Bimber, The Politics of Expertise in Congress: The Rise and Fall of the Office of Technology Assessment, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1996, pp.

On the one hand the tighter reins on OTA by Congress through TAB, particularly by the individuals who served as the charter members of TAB, ensured a connection more tightly tuned to the congressional agenda and promoted endorsement by important committee leadership but, on the other hand, diminished the independent “early warning” feature that was central to the original OTA design. Deliberations in early TAB meetings also reprised the concerns expressed years earlier about parity of information between the legislative and executive branch and further affirmed the tight connection to the congressional agenda and interests.

In fact some observers feared the OTA was becoming too successful. For example, NAS President Frank Press noted in 1984: “OTA does good, sometimes excellent work. ”20 Gibbons left OTA in January 1993 to be confirmed as President Bill Clinton’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)—one of the very first appointments of the first Clinton Administration. Congressman and then TAB Vice-Chair Don Sundquist (R-TN) put forward OTA Acting Director Roger Herdman to be appointed as Gibbons’ successor.

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