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Science and Technology Policy

I posted the following on my Facebook page on 2/9/17

So, I’ve mentioned my interest in the Federal Government’s attitude toward science and technology. You may or may not know that the White House has an Office of Science and Technology Policy. It was created under President Ford. Prior to 1973, the President had a Science Advisory Committee, chaired at that time by Dr. Edward David. Dr. David resigned due to disagreements with Nixon. Nixon decided he didn’t need a science advisor, and did not replace Dr. David.

It wasn’t until after Nixon’s downfall that a permanent office (OSTP) was created. (My own bona fides on this — for two years, in the Bush 41 White House, I was at USC and served assistant to one of the White House advisors in OSTP). While these are appointed positions, it’s my experience that they are far removed from politics (or at least it was that way under Bush and Clinton). Thus, it’s with a great deal of sadness that I note that all of the positions are currently vacant.

I’ll keep you posted from time to time, and see if the current WH occupants decide to fill these critically important roles (and with whom), or if, like Nixon, this president decides he doesn’t need a science advisor.

Written by johnkilpatrick

February 10, 2017 at 11:39 am

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