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Assessment office, human-subject rules, Silicon Valley…

This week in USA in brief: Attempt to resurrect assessment office fails, major revision of human-subject rules proposed, New York out to surpass Silicon Valley, and more.

Attempt to resurrect assessment office fails

An amendment to the fiscal year 2012 appropriations Bill that would have provided $2.5 million (€1.7m) to re-establish the congressional Office of Technology Assessment failed by a vote of 176 to 235. The office was set up in 1972 and charged with providing lawmakers with objective and expert analysis of scientific and technical issues, before funding was withdrawn by Congress in 1995.

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