Comparative Table of Parliamentary TA Institutions
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE
GAO initiates work (including technology assessments) in one of three ways (in order of the priority of the work):
Letter of request from senior congressional leaders or a chairman
or ranking member of a congressional committee or subcommittee;
Individual member requests, with additional consideration given to requests from members who are on a committee of jurisdiction.
GAO also initiates work under the authority of the head of GAO (the
Comptroller General of the United States) to invest in significant
current or emerging issues that may affect the nation´s future and
address issues of broad interest to the Congress.
When a request for a technology assessment is received or
developed through one of these three mechanisms, GAO may begin work on
it if staff resources are available and the topic is sufficiently
distinct from other work already in progress.