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Office of Science and Technology Policy
Agency overview
Formed May 11, 1976; 45 years ago (1976-05-11)
Preceding agency Office of Science and Technology
Headquarters Eisenhower Executive Office Building
725 17th Street, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Employees 45
Agency executive Eric Lander (nominee), Director
Parent agency Executive Office of the President
Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is a department of the United States government, part of the Executive Office of the President (EOP), 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 President's Science Advisor. It is part of the United States Cabinet since 2021.


Dr. John Holdren, Director, nominated in December 2008, served as Science Advisor to President Barack Obama.[1] Holdren also co-chaired the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and supported the President's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).[2][3]

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.[4]

List of Directors

List of OSTP directors*[5]
No. Portrait Name President Term
1 Guyford Stever.jpg H. Guyford Stever Gerald Ford 1976–1977
2 Frank Press Jerusalem1953.jpg Frank Press Jimmy Carter 1977–1981
Benjamin Huberman (acting) Ronald Reagan 1981
3 George A. Keyworth, II 1981, 4.jpg George A. Keyworth, II 1981–1985
John P. McTague (acting) 1986
Richard G. Johnson (acting) 1986
4 William Robert Graham, NASA photo portrait, November 1985.jpg William Robert Graham 1986–1989
Thomas P. Rona (acting) 1989
William G. Wells (acting) George H. W. Bush 1989
5 D. Allan Bromley 1989–1993
6 Dr Gibbons USDA (cropped).jpg John H. Gibbons Bill Clinton 1993–1998
Kerri-Ann Jones.jpg Kerri-Ann Jones (acting) 1998
7 Neal-lane.jpg Neal F. Lane 1998–2001
Dean Rosina M. Bierbaum.jpg Rosina Bierbaum (acting) George W. Bush 2001
Clifford Gabriel (acting) 2001
8 John Marburger official portrait.jpg John H. Marburger III 2001–2009
Ted Wackler (acting) Barack Obama 2009
9 John Holdren official portrait small.jpg John Holdren 2009–2017
10 Kelvin Droegemeier official photo (cropped).jpg Kelvin Droegemeier Donald Trump 2019–2021
11 Dr Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.jpg Eric Lander Joe Biden Nominee

* Italics indicate provisional occupants


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