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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

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Government scientists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more knowledgeable about technology.

Credit: Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy, with the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group aiming to double its technology assessor headcount.

Lawmakers and other experts doubt the GAO can address this challenge alone, especially with Congress increasingly concerned about election interference on social media and the impacts of new technologies like quantum computing and 5G wireless communications.

“At such a time as this, you can't avoid” tech issues, said GAO’s Tim Persons. "There's so much disruption going on and so much potential for good in solving our complex adaptive systems problems of the day, and it's our job to sort of help bridge that gap of understanding."

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