Chris Mooney argues at the Intersection that the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment should be brought back. The OTA's mission was to be a source of "unbiased information concerning the physical, biological, economic, social, and political effects" of new technologies. The office was de-funded in the 1990s by Gingrich-led Republicans looking to cut costs.

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