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Office of Technology Assessment Fiscal Year 1994 Estimate vs Actual By Object Class

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anation of 10% or $100,000, Whichever is Greater, Variation by Object Class Fiscal Year 1994

Other Services (Increase of 15.8% or $560,000)

■ Savings in personal services resulting from the reorganization allowed for some restoration of research support contracting.

Equipment (Increase of 76.6% or $295,000)

■ The change in postal regulations to bill federal agencies based on actual metered mail costs instead of sampling, required the unplanned purchase of a postage metering machine. The additional purchase of a folding and inserting machine provided increased efficiency to allow for the absorption of metering mail with existing staff.

Five photocopy machines were required to replace old and reliable machines. Some of the machines were over 12 years old. Purchase proved to be much more cost effective than leasing. As a result of the larger programs established in the reorganization, the capacity of some of the older machines were also inadequate.

■ Hardware was purchased for the Information Center to establish a CD-ROM database network. The network will provide the capacity for researchers to perform full text, bibliographical and other literature searches.

■ Additional hardware was required to accommodate Internet platforms. The services and functions include: LISTSERV for the distribution of reports and press releases, a full-featured electronic bulletin board with OTA products in a variety of mechanisms (Wais, Gopher, World Wide Web, etc.), an upgrade of network (speed) to handle graphical user interfaces and interactive LISTSERV access.

To support the on-line availability of information on the OTA electronic bulletin board (for access to OTA reports by members, committee staffs, and the public), the purchase of a CD-ROM mastering system was necessary to provide economical storage and for retrieval of the large volume of data (OTA reports).

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8.A. Agency Workload and Product Data

Projects Requested or Mandated and Approved During the Fiscal Year

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(1) These numbers are representative of assessments formally requested in writing. They do not represent the total number of request letters for an assessment (which may come from several different committees) and do not include the significant number of requests that are refused or referred elsewhere before reaching the formal request stage.

(2) OTA's appropriations language states, "That no part of this appropriation shall be available for assessments or activities not initiated and approved in accordance with section 3(d) of Public Law 92-484." The previously mandated studies will be continued. OTA will continue to discourage new mandates with the assistance of the Technology Assessment Board and the Appropriations Committees.

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Projects in Process counts all TAB-approved activities. A project may produce more than one assessment
ort, or may produce no reports at all, therefore numbers are not additive. Projects in press or under TAB
'iew are counted.

Reports include full assessment reports, special reports and excludes administrative documents.

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) Reports include full assessment reports, special reports, and excludes administrative documents.

E) Other Publications refers to Background Papers.

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9. Staffing of the Agency

Schedule E: Office of Technology Assessment Summary—Direct and Indirect Employment
Direct and Indirect Employees

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2/ Includes individuals whose services are obtained under contract performing on-site services (in agency

workspace) for six months or more during a twelve month period.

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