Key White House Science-Appointments Remain Unfilled: An Agency by Agency Overview

Under the Appointments Clause of the United States Constitution and law of the United States, certain federal positions appointed by the president of the United States require confirmation (advice and consent) of the United States Senate.

The EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT has yet to fill several key-science and technology related senate-confirmed positions such as:

  • President’s Science Adviser and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
    -Associate Director for environment, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
    -Associate Director for Science, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee
    -Associate Director for National security and International affairs, Office of Science and Technology Policy: No Nominee

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.

Many of President Trump’s Science-related Cabinet nominees have now cleared committee and/or Senate confirmation, and many positions do not yet have a nominee.

  • Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos (Confirmed)
    -Director of the Institute of Education Sciences: No Nominee
  • Energy Secretary: Rick Perry (Announced)
  • National Science Foundation, Deputy Director: No Nominee
  • Health and Human Services: Tom Price (Announced)

-President Trump has asked NIH Director, Francis Collins to remain for now.
-FDA Commissioner: No Nominee

-Director, Office of Science: No Nominee
-Under Secretary for Science: No Nominee
-Director, Energy Advanced Research Projects Department: No Nominee

  • Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross (Announced)

-Under Secretary for Standards and Technology: No Nominee
-Under Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator: No Nominee
-Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: No Nominee

  • Department of Defense:

-Assistant Secretary for Research and Engineering: No Nominee

 

  • Secretary of the Interior: Ryan Zinke (Announced)
    -Director, U.S. Geological Survey: No Nominee
    -Director, Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement: No Nominee
    -Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: No Nominee
    -Director, National Park Service: No Nominee
    -Director, Bureau of Land Management: No Nominee
  • NASA Administrator: No Nominee
    – Chief Financial Officer: No Nominee
    – Deputy Administrator: No Nominee
  • Department of State: Rex Tillerson (Announced)

-Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources: No Nominee
-Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International, Environmental and Scientific Affairs: No Nominee

  • Secretary of Agriculture: Sonny Perdue III (Announced)
  • Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services: No Nominee
  • Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics: No Nominee
  • Under Secretary for Food Safety: No Nominee

  • Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics: No Nominee
  • Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment: No Nominee
  • Under Secretary for Rural Development: No Nominee

 

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