The director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) plays a central role in advising the president on the impact of science and technology on domestic and global affairs, and on federal funding of scientific research. The office was established by Congress, and its Director and up to four Associate Directors are all Senate confirmed confirmed positions. The OSTP directorship is a non-negotiable Senate-confirmed post.
Comprehensive recommendations from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Science and Technology Policy Program offer ten recommendations in two categories: advice for the President in selecting a Science Advisor, establishing the OSTP, and developing federal S&T policies; and advice for the President’s Science Advisor in the dual roles as Assistant to the President for S&T and Director of OSTP.
More than 60 reviewers, (including individuals who currently serve or have served the OSTP, the President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, federal agencies, Congress or congressional staff, and nongovernmental organizations), policy scholars as well as past presidential science advisors, participated in crafting these recommendations.
Released: Sept. 14, 2016, funded by a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program.
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