ⓘ Office of Science and Technology Policy

Office of Science and Technology Policy

ⓘ Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy is a department of the United States government, part of the Executive Office of the President, established by United States Congress on May 11, 1976, with a broad mandate to advise the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.

The director of this office is colloquially known as the Presidents Science Advisor. It is part of the United States Cabinet since 2021.


1. Background

Dr. John Holdren, Director, nominated in December 2008, served as Science Advisor to President Barack Obama. Holdren also co-chaired the Presidents Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST and supported the Presidents National Science and Technology Council NSTC.

President Donald Trump nominated Kelvin Droegemeier to become Director. He took office in February 2019.

On January 15, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden said he promoted the office to cabinet-level.


2. Other websites

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Federal Register
  • The Presidents Office of Science and Technology Policy: Issues for Congress Congressional Research Service
  • About OSTP, official website
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