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Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

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The U.S. Government Accounting Office has launched a Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group, to help lawmakers learn about emerging technologies.

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The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has set up a Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group, to help make lawmakers more knowledgeable of emerging technologies.

The goal is to ensure Congress understands the ramifications of any technology-centric policies they pursue.

GAO's Tim Persons said the group is both "an internal merger and a great expansion" of the agency's science and technology functions, which will recruit specialists from GAO's audit and science teams, as well as new hires, to establish a nexus where Congress can access various advisory services.

Said GAO's John Neumann, "By leveraging analysts and specialists in one team, we can provide the whole spectrum of products to the Congress." Such products could include formal assessments of emerging technology applications, and suggestions of questions lawmakers should ask during committee hearings.

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