An Update onGAO’s Technology Assessment Program Naba Barkakati, Ph.D. Chief Technologist and Co-...
Technology Assessment in USA• Started with the Technology Assessment Act of 1972, which resulted in the Office of Tec...
GAO’s Technology Assessment Work • GAO has conducted TA over the past several years ...
Updates on GAO’s TA Program• Developing a guide for “Designing Technology Assessments” that will identify and evaluate a ...
Designing Technology Assessment –Work in Progress Defining TA scope Framing TA Methods ...
GAO Technology Assessment ReportsTECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Using Biometrics for Border Security, GAO-03-174, November 15, 2...
Contact Information For questions or comments, please contact: Nabajyoti (“Naba”) Barkakati, Ph.D. ...
On the WebWeb site: http://www.gao.gov/ContactChuck Young, Managing Director, Public Affairs, youngc1@gao.gov(202) 512-480...
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  • 1. An Update onGAO’s Technology Assessment Program Naba Barkakati, Ph.D. Chief Technologist and Co-Director Center for Science, Technology, and Engineering U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) 441 G St NW, Washington, DC 20548 USA barkakatin@gao.gov www.gao.gov
  • 2. Technology Assessment in USA• Started with the Technology Assessment Act of 1972, which resulted in the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) that operated from 1973 to 1995.• In 2002, GAO was asked to pilot technology assessments and in 2007 asked to make it a permanent function in GAO.• GAO defines TA as the thorough and balanced analysis of significant primary, secondary, indirect, and delayed interactions of a technological innovation with society, the environment, and the economy and the present and foreseen consequences and effects of those interactions.• GAO sees TA as a mechanism to inform and improve decision making by policy-makers. TAs focus on analyzing the values and trade-offs of various technologies for a specific intended use and presenting them in a public policy context that can be used by the Congressional process. Page 2
  • 3. GAO’s Technology Assessment Work • GAO has conducted TA over the past several years assessing impact of using technology for specific programs. • Since 2002, GAO conducted 5 pilot technology assessments in areas such as biometrics, cyber security, wildland fires, cargo security, and explosives detection. • In 2011, GAO conducted two technology assessments: one on climate engineering technologies and another on neutron detection technologies. Page 3
  • 4. Updates on GAO’s TA Program• Developing a guide for “Designing Technology Assessments” that will identify and evaluate a range of design and methodological options available for conducting technology assessments.• Developing guidance to improve internal processes for conducting technology assessments within GAO’s Quality Assurance Framework.• Continuing to conduct Technology Assessments – new request to assess technologies for efficient water use in energy production, agriculture, and residential use. Page 4
  • 5. Designing Technology Assessment –Work in Progress Defining TA scope Framing TA Methods Page 5
  • 6. GAO Technology Assessment ReportsTECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Using Biometrics for Border Security, GAO-03-174, November 15, 2002TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Protection, GAO-04-321, May 28, 2004TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Protecting Structures and Improving Communications during Wildland Fires, GAO-05-380, April 26, 2005TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Securing the Transport of Cargo Containers, [For Official Use Only], January 14, 2006TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Explosives Detection Technology to Protect Passenger Rail, GAO-10-898, July 28, 2010TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Climate Engineering: Technical Status, Future Directions, and Potential Responses, GAO-11-71, July 28, 2011TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT: Neutron Detectors: Alternatives to Using Helium-3, GAO-11-753, September 29, 2011 Page 6
  • 7. Contact Information For questions or comments, please contact: Nabajyoti (“Naba”) Barkakati, Ph.D. Chief Technologist and Co-Director Phone: 202-512-4499 Email: BarkakatiN@gao.gov Timothy Persons, Ph.D. Chief Scientist and Co-Director Phone: 202-512-6522 Email: PersonsT@gao.gov Page 7
  • 8. On the WebWeb site: http://www.gao.gov/ContactChuck Young, Managing Director, Public Affairs, youngc1@gao.gov(202) 512-4800, U.S. Government Accountability Office441 G Street NW, Room 7149, Washington, D.C. 20548 USACopyrightThis is a work of the U.S. government and is not subject to copyrightprotection in the United States. The published product may be reproduced anddistributed in its entirety without further permission from GAO. However,because this work may contain copyrighted images or other material,permission from the copyright holder may be necessary if you wish toreproduce this material separately.

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