The Vital Role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the New Administration

Please note that the press conference described below was held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

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 results of a Baker Institute project on the office, “The Vital Role of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the New Administration,” were released at a news conference at the National Press Club on Sept. 14. Baker Institute experts also discussed recommendations for the next president to consider when choosing a science advisor and establishing science and technology policy priorities at the conference. The project also offers guidance to the next science advisor for developing effective policy while serving in the White House.

The recommendations are based on lessons learned from past presidential science advisors as well as feedback from 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 as well as policy scholars. 

The project was funded by a grant from the Richard Lounsbery Foundation and by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program.

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Wed, Sept. 14, 2016
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20045

National Press Club