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Enhanced S&T Capacity in Congress Exploring Key Issues and Pathways

Bipartisan Policy Center
1225 Eye Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
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Many of the most pressing policy issues facing Congress—cybersecurity, health care, and energy—demand a deeper understanding of their underlying science and technology components. Yet, Congress struggles with integrating science and technology literacy into its policy debates.

Congress previously had that capacity through the Office of Technology Assessment from 1972-1995, but since then, other legislative branch entities such as GAO have been able to carry out some of that mission. With growing science and technology implications for policy, now is the time to explore a more robust capacity within Congress to tackle these challenges.

Join us on November 20 for a discussion of a key report on Congress’s science and technology needs and learn about the latest progress and future strategic efforts for reinvigorating this legislative branch capacity.


Yuri Beckelman
Deputy Chief of Staff, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

Dr. Robert Cook-Deegan
Professor, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Adam Keiper
Senior Editor, The New Atlantis

Nancy Ognanovich
Senior Congressional Correspondent, Bloomberg Government

Dr. Tim Persons
Chief Scientist, Government Accountability Office

Daniel Schuman
Policy Director, Demand Progress

Dr. Deborah Stine
President, Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Analysis and Education

Dr. Jon Tucker
Project Director and Senior Analyst, National Academy of Public Administration

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