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A COSEPUP Charge to the Panel "On the basis of present knowledge, the panel shall: (1) report on the probable effect of current and future technological changes* on employment, focusing on the prospects for full employment and changes in the distribution of employment across occupations, social groups, and regions; (2) report on the probable effect of current and future technological changes on the working environment, including probable impacts on labor-management relations, occupational safety and health, job skill content, and the length of the working day; (3) report on the probable effect of current and future technological changes on existing and new employment opportunities, including prob- able impacts on wages, opportunities for advancement, and job security; (4) identify economic sectors in which it is probable that the rapidity of technological change will cause significant transient effects for individuals and communities; (5) report on the probable effect of current and future technological changes on the demand for employment-related training and education, including areas such as retraining of workers displaced by new technol- ogy, the continuing educational needs of professionals, and vocational education; *Wherever "technological change(s)" appears in the charge, it is to be understood that the term includes consideration of rates of diffusion. 209

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210 APPENDIX A (6) identify and analyze the efficacy of existing and alternative public policies to manage the probable employment-related effects of current and future technological changes. The panel shall also review the state of technological and economic forecasting methodologies and report on their potential for contributing unique insights into the employment-related consequences of technolog- ical change. For those areas in which present knowledge is found to be insufficient to support a conclusion, the panel shall propose an agenda for research and other related activities."