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GAO Forms New Office to Help Congress Boost US Science, Tech Capabilities

The Government Accountability Office has formed a team to assist Congress in decision-making regarding technology-related topics, such as artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, 5G wireless communication and quantum computing. The team combines the agency’s technology assessment functions, science and technology evaluation into a single office, GAO said Tuesday

GAO’s new Science, Technology Assessment and Analytics Team will work with lawmakers to oversee federal investment in science and technology, seek innovation, look at the implications and potential policy options for emerging technologies, said Gene Dodaro, head of GAO and U.S. comptroller general, 

The team’s tasks include helping Congress in auditing federal science and technology programs and establishing an audit innovation lab to explore, pilot and deploy new advanced analytic capabilities, information assurance auditing and technologies that could improve auditing practices.

Chief Scientist and Managing Director Timothy Persons and Managing Director John Neumann will jointly manage the new science and technology office.

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