Risk Assessment in Science Policy

As part of the effort to revive the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (with citizen input), team member Todd LaPorte, Associate Professor, School of Public Policy, George Mason University, sent the following:

“Here’s a 2002 paper on risk assessment that may be of interest with respect to the “relaunch OTA effort.” Tracks the evolution of the concept and practice of risk assessment in science and policy in a series of four National Academy of Sciences reports beginning in the 1980s. The paper was done for the Rockefeller Foundation Global Inclusion Program.”

Assessing levels of real and perceived risks of new technologies is just one area where the public can provide valuable insight to Congress. A new OTA can provide the mechanism to seek and measure public input and report such information to Congress BEFORE policies are voted upon.