Congress stood up OTA in 1972 as a tech-focused watchdog to serve a complementary oversight role to the Government Accountability Office, but lawmakers in 1995 zeroed out funding for the office.
Agencies clamor to reskill their employees for the jobs of the future under various IT modernization strategies.
For more insight, Reps. Derek Klimer (D-Wash.) and Tom Graves (R-Ga.) spoke with Federal Drive with Tom Temin at the Rayburn House Office Building.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress approved its first round of recommendations.
Several retired members of Congress, when asked where it all went wrong, told the committee that staffers need better pay, and Congress as a whole needs a better grasp on technology, among other recommendations.
A new select committee is tasked with finding ways to update how Congress conducts day-to-day business. It has one year to provide recommendations.