Building Tomorrow isn’t in the business of encouraging government bloat, but in this episode we consider whether, sometimes, eliminating a government agency might be a penny wise, pound foolish decision. In particular, Paul and Will are joined by Zach Graves and Daniel Schuman as they discuss proposals to resurrect the Office for Technology Assessment, which had advised Congress on tech policy until getting the axe in the mid-1990s. Just as the Congressional Budget Office provides ostensibly non-partisan estimates of the cost of proposed legislation, the OTA would provide non-partisan reports weighing the costs and benefits of tech related legislation.
Do we lobby more than we use to? Why do employees leave their work at Capitol Hill? What is the purpose of executive orders? Which Congressional agencies focus on technology policy? What is the economic cost of not having privacy legislation now? How much power does the Congressional Budget Office have?
How Congress Got Dumb on Tech—and How It Can Get Smart, written by Grace Gedye
Inside GAO’s Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy, written by Jack Corrigan
Momentum builds for Congress restoring Office of Technology Assessment, written by Jory Heckman
House members call for Office of Technology Assessment revival, written by Katherine Tully-McManus
Decentralization and Privacy Are Inevitable — in Tech and in Government, written by Aaron Ross Powell
Emerging Tech (with Matthew Feeney), Free Thoughts Podcast
On Innovation: Don’t Ask for Permission, Building Tomorrow Podcast