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US S&T policy priorities: Senate nomination hearing for OSTP director

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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) drives “the administration’s priorities in science by coordinating policy across many agencies, addressing gaps in national science policies, and seeding new initiatives.” The OSTP director sets the agenda, and must be confirmed by the Senate because of OSTP’s consequential role in US national and economic security.

This is your chance to inform US science and technology policy priorities.

On Thursday, April 29, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Eric Lander to be the new director of OSTP. The Committee wants to hear your thoughts on emerging issues in science and technology, approaches for countering public health threats, mitigating the impact of climate change, maintaining the country’s status as a world leader in innovation, using science to improve social equity, strengthening the US research enterprise, the science priorities of the Biden Administration, and operations at OSTP, among other issues.

This web platform gives you an opportunity to tell Congress what issues should be discussed during this key hearing. You can submit questions that lawmakers should ask the witnesses (sample questions can be found in the “questions” tab), personal stories about your experiences related to this issue, or your general thoughts on how Congress should conduct oversight over OSTP.