Kelvin Droegemeier Nominated to Lead White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Kelvin Droegemeier Nominated to Lead White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
 
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August 2018

On July 31, President Donald Trump nominated Kelvin Droegemeier to serve as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation held a confirmation hearing on August 23. The committee is scheduled to meet September 5 in an executive session to consider referring Droegemeier’s nomination to the full Senate.

OSTP is responsible for providing scientific and technological analysis to the president, leading interagency science and technology policy coordination efforts, and assisting the Office of Management and Budget with an annual review and analysis of federal research and development budgets.

“The scientific community has been waiting a long time for this critical position to be filled,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “Dr. Droegemeier has the scientific credentials, leadership track record, and commitment to rigorous science to be an outstanding director of OSTP.”

AERA joined several other scientific and scholarly organizations in supporting Droegemeier’s confirmation.

Droegemeier holds a Ph.D. in atmospheric science, has been on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in Norman for over three decades, and has served as the university's vice president for research since 2009. He serves as the Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Technology in the cabinet of Governor Mary Fallin. Droegemeier was nominated by President George W. Bush to the National Science Board in 2004. He was reappointed by President Obama in 2011, and served as the vice-chair of the board for four years.

 
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