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Message 00126: Fwd: OTA Archive launched today


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From: Nathaniel Hafer <nhafer@fas.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 23, 2008 at 4:29 AM
Subject: OTA Archive launched today
To: info@change-congress.org

Hi, my name is Nate Hafer.  I'm a biology research associate at the Federation of American Scientists.  I want to tell you about a new website that was launched today by FAS that can compliment your project at change-congress.org. 

The OTA Archive (http://fas.org/ota) allows the public to access over 720 reports and documents produced by OTA during its 23 year history.  OTA served as an independent branch of the U.S. Congress that provided nonpartisan science and technology advice from 1972 until it was defunded and forced to close in 1995.  In the video section there is a new interview with Congressman Rush Holt, who explains why he has been leading the effort to revive OTA.  He also describes some current policy issues that OTA could address.  The archive will track efforts to bring back the OTA, and individuals can subscribe to receive RSS feeds or email updates as new material is posted.  FAS recently received hundreds of historical documents about OTA that have not been available to the public previously, and plan to highlight them in a regular "Document of the Day" feature.  The website also includes a new search engine that allows users to quickly and easily find specific content in OTA reports.

We'd appreciate it if you would visit the OTA Archive today (http://fas.org/ota) and publicize it as widely as possible.  FAS will be happy to host or link to any additional documents or commentary related to the OTA.  Use the contact tab at the top of the site to send us your comments.

Thanks for your interest in the OTA.


Nate Hafer, PhD

Biology Research Associate, Federation of American Scientists