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New GAO Advisory Group Will Help Congress with Technology Regulations

The Government Accountability Office submitted plans to Congress outlining how a newly created advisory group will assist lawmakers with establishing technology-related regulations, Nextgov reported Wednesday.

Tim Persons, a chief scientist at GAO, said the Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics unit expects to have more than 60 federal auditors, engineers, data analysts, physicists, computer scientists and other relevant experts by the end of the year.  Persons will lead the new office with John Neumann, a former science and technology head at GAO.

The new office, which Persons said is both a merger and an expansion of existing science and technology activities, will collaborate with universities on bioengineering, quantum computing and policy questions like countering the opioid epidemic. Specific information regarding the group’s scope and size has not been released.

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