Office of Technology Assessment
| How the sausage is made|
Its notional goal when set up in 1972 was to provide a central resource for authoritative evaluation of questions of fact relating to science and technology. In reality, its design was biased such that assessments gave much greater weight to objectively verifiable peer-reviewed "science" than to the much more compelling claims of lobbyists.
It was killed off in 1995 by the Republican "Contract
On With America", and this death paved the way for the likes of NCCAM, whose framing makes the right result much more likely, prioritizing the search for supporting evidence and sound science over the stuffy old scientific dogma of testing against the null hypothesis. What has the scientific method ever done for us, eh?
There is some talk of bringing it back.