Internal Problems Confront OTA In Wake Of John Gibbons's Move To Key Position In White House

Observers see organizational and budgetary challenges as potential impediments to office's effectiveness A year after former director John H. Gibbons's departure to become White House science adviser, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) is going through a difficult period of transition, reorganization, and budgetary belt- tightening. Editor's Note: Office of Technology Assessment director Roger Herdman discuss

Barton Reppert
Feb 20, 1994


Observers see organizational and budgetary challenges as potential impediments to office's effectiveness
A year after former director John H. Gibbons's departure to become White House science adviser, the congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) is going through a difficult period of transition, reorganization, and budgetary belt- tightening.
Editor's Note: Office of Technology Assessment director Roger Herdman discussed a variety of issues facing the agency during an extensive interview last month with Barton Reppert, a contributing editor of The Scientist. Following are excerpts from the interview:

  • On OTA's mission: "It's up to us to bring to the attention of Congress data, conclusions, and options--not recommendations, but options.... We're not a blue-sky think tank.... We need to provide practical information. And we want to be ahead. But we certainly can't afford to be looking ahead 10 or 20 years."

  • On OTA's priorities: "I'm keenly aware that my priorities are the priorities of...
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