TOP 150 SCIENCE AND TECHNology ROLES IN GOVERNMENT

The response to our recent open call for contributions helped identify 150 critical S&T roles in the Federal Government and why they matter for the new administration. In continuing our crowdsourced effort, the Day One Project is excited to share our updated list.

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Following our initial open call for submissions of key S&T roles, we invite the community to continue to support the development of our top 150 list by sharing your feedback on the existing roles, and offering additional positions that we might have missed.

Background: Top 150 S&T Roles

This initial list features key science and technology roles from across the Federal Government. Included are career and noncareer appointments, high-level leadership, and overlooked positions—all designed to ensure we capture and elevate the importance of each individual and role as we look towards the next administration.

OUR TOP 150 FEDERAL S&T ROLES

 

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Department of Agriculture

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





 

Department of Commerce

Director, BARDA


Career Appointment The BARDA Director oversees a ~$3B budget and plays an integral role in advancing the development of new medical technologies and products. It is an important position because BARDA has lots of flexible authorities and is relatively low on bureaucracy, so projects can be undertaken in an expedient manner. Furthermore, BARDA plays a commandeering role in driving the COVID-19 vaccine research and partnerships. In the wake of the pandemic, the BARDA Director is crucial as more scrutiny will be placed on BARDA to keep the nation prepared for the medical consequences of future catastrophic events.




Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation Setting the agency priorities, the NIH Director drives biomedical science and the policy of science funding at the NIH. The Director must be a medical science expert that can work at the frontiers of biomedical research. Furthermore, the Director must understand and collaborate with the broad constituent base of the scientific and medical community. Moreover, the Director’s management style undoubtedly has ripple effects throughout the agency. Across the agency and its 27 institutes, the Director has the freedom to give input on every major decision made or the Director can run the NIH with a more federated approach, which gives more agenda-setting power to the 27 institute directors. The Director can directly drive and influence agency S&T priorities by leveraging the Common Fund to fund a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research in collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. As the leader of the nation’s primary health research agency, the Director can dramatically affect the quality of America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery going forward.




Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Presidential Appointment The NCI Director should have a strong cancer research background, along with a balanced mix of research, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. NCI has a budget of $6.4B, but the NCI Director must have strong interpersonal and communication skills that can be leveraged to work with stakeholders such as Congress.




Deputy Director for Program Planning, Coordination, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), NIH


Career Appointment The DPSCPI Director is a key position at NIH to advance innovative funding policies, including challenges, common funds, and others. The Deputy Director leads the DPCPSI in identifying emerging scientific opportunities, public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure.




Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Extramural Research serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Furthermore, they lead and support the development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs.




Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH. Furthermore, the Deputy Director directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships. This role has been vacant since 2017.




Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Intramural Research coordinates activities and facilitates cooperation among the 27 Institute-based and Center-based Scientific Directors to achieve the scientific, training, and public health missions of the NIH Intramural Research Program. The Deputy Director provides guidance for the entire intramural program and reports to the NIH Director. They oversee and ultimately approve the hiring of all NIH principal investigators, and they are the institutional official responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, and animal care and use at the NIH.




Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, NIH


Career Appointment The Chief of Staff assists the NIH Director in their agenda-setting initiatives across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. The Chief of Staff is a crucial coordinating and support role for the NIH Director.




Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), NIH


Career Appointment The OSC Director directly oversees all the Common Fund funding, which funds a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research that can involve collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. Furthermore, OSC is the central management hub for all the Common Fund programs.




National Coordinator for Health IT


Noncareer Appointment The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC has tremendous influence over how digital technologies including electronic health records are rolled out across the American health care system. The National Coordinator sets policy priorities, guides development and implementation of policy, and chooses and oversees advisory boards. The rules the National Coordinator helps set affect safety, privacy, cost, efficiency and user-friendliness of technologies at the core of how we experience health care in the digital world. They must understand the healthcare system as a whole (not just prioritizing the interests of hospitals and large healthcare organizations), understand technology and data standards, be committed to balancing patient privacy with scientific and clinical value, and be forward-thinking about the evolution and intersection of clinical care, public health, self-care, and clinical research.





 
 

Department of Defense

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





Department of Education

Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff directly supports the FCC Chair in managing priorities and plays a major coordinating and strategic role. With the trust of the FCC Chair, the Chief of Staff heavily influences the strategy and policy development of critical S&T issues such as Section 230 reform, spectrum management, 5G rollout, and closing the homework gap.




Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The OET Chief oversees the FCC’s Policy and Rules Division, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, and Laboratory Division and manages spectrum and leadership for competitive technologies and services. They drive innovation within the FCC through managing the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices. The OET Chief provides the technical knowledge to guide the FCC in decisions about requirements for networks, such as net neutrality. They also play a significant role in convening the Technological Advisory Council for experts’ advice on technology developments.




Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The Deputy OET Chief supports the OET Chief, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. They influence innovation within the FCC because they manage the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices.




Chief Technology Officer


Career Appointment The CTO serves as the senior technological adviser at the FCC, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The CTO leads and conducts engineering and technical analysis, testing equipment to determine its interference risks and technical operating parameters, while developing projects to gather theoretical and experimental data on new technologies. The CTO often coordinates with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Past CTOs have spearheaded initiatives on Open Internet, robocalls and public safety issues. The CTO needs to be a technologist with broad research experience, who can effectively promote 5G services, rural network buildouts, and other network enhancements.





 
 

Department of Energy

Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff directly supports the FCC Chair in managing priorities and plays a major coordinating and strategic role. With the trust of the FCC Chair, the Chief of Staff heavily influences the strategy and policy development of critical S&T issues such as Section 230 reform, spectrum management, 5G rollout, and closing the homework gap.




Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The OET Chief oversees the FCC’s Policy and Rules Division, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, and Laboratory Division and manages spectrum and leadership for competitive technologies and services. They drive innovation within the FCC through managing the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices. The OET Chief provides the technical knowledge to guide the FCC in decisions about requirements for networks, such as net neutrality. They also play a significant role in convening the Technological Advisory Council for experts’ advice on technology developments.




Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The Deputy OET Chief supports the OET Chief, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. They influence innovation within the FCC because they manage the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices.




Chief Technology Officer


Career Appointment The CTO serves as the senior technological adviser at the FCC, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The CTO leads and conducts engineering and technical analysis, testing equipment to determine its interference risks and technical operating parameters, while developing projects to gather theoretical and experimental data on new technologies. The CTO often coordinates with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Past CTOs have spearheaded initiatives on Open Internet, robocalls and public safety issues. The CTO needs to be a technologist with broad research experience, who can effectively promote 5G services, rural network buildouts, and other network enhancements.





 

Department of Health and Human Services

Director, BARDA


Career Appointment The BARDA Director oversees a ~$3B budget and plays an integral role in advancing the development of new medical technologies and products. It is an important position because BARDA has lots of flexible authorities and is relatively low on bureaucracy, so projects can be undertaken in an expedient manner. Furthermore, BARDA plays a commandeering role in driving the COVID-19 vaccine research and partnerships. In the wake of the pandemic, the BARDA Director is crucial as more scrutiny will be placed on BARDA to keep the nation prepared for the medical consequences of future catastrophic events.




Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation Setting the agency priorities, the NIH Director drives biomedical science and the policy of science funding at the NIH. The Director must be a medical science expert that can work at the frontiers of biomedical research. Furthermore, the Director must understand and collaborate with the broad constituent base of the scientific and medical community. Moreover, the Director’s management style undoubtedly has ripple effects throughout the agency. Across the agency and its 27 institutes, the Director has the freedom to give input on every major decision made or the Director can run the NIH with a more federated approach, which gives more agenda-setting power to the 27 institute directors. The Director can directly drive and influence agency S&T priorities by leveraging the Common Fund to fund a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research in collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. As the leader of the nation’s primary health research agency, the Director can dramatically affect the quality of America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery going forward.




Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Presidential Appointment The NCI Director should have a strong cancer research background, along with a balanced mix of research, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. NCI has a budget of $6.4B, but the NCI Director must have strong interpersonal and communication skills that can be leveraged to work with stakeholders such as Congress.




Deputy Director for Program Planning, Coordination, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), NIH


Career Appointment The DPSCPI Director is a key position at NIH to advance innovative funding policies, including challenges, common funds, and others. The Deputy Director leads the DPCPSI in identifying emerging scientific opportunities, public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure.




Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Extramural Research serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Furthermore, they lead and support the development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs.




Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH. Furthermore, the Deputy Director directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships. This role has been vacant since 2017.




Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Intramural Research coordinates activities and facilitates cooperation among the 27 Institute-based and Center-based Scientific Directors to achieve the scientific, training, and public health missions of the NIH Intramural Research Program. The Deputy Director provides guidance for the entire intramural program and reports to the NIH Director. They oversee and ultimately approve the hiring of all NIH principal investigators, and they are the institutional official responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, and animal care and use at the NIH.




Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, NIH


Career Appointment The Chief of Staff assists the NIH Director in their agenda-setting initiatives across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. The Chief of Staff is a crucial coordinating and support role for the NIH Director.




Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), NIH


Career Appointment The OSC Director directly oversees all the Common Fund funding, which funds a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research that can involve collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. Furthermore, OSC is the central management hub for all the Common Fund programs.




National Coordinator for Health IT


Noncareer Appointment The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC has tremendous influence over how digital technologies including electronic health records are rolled out across the American health care system. The National Coordinator sets policy priorities, guides development and implementation of policy, and chooses and oversees advisory boards. The rules the National Coordinator helps set affect safety, privacy, cost, efficiency and user-friendliness of technologies at the core of how we experience health care in the digital world. They must understand the healthcare system as a whole (not just prioritizing the interests of hospitals and large healthcare organizations), understand technology and data standards, be committed to balancing patient privacy with scientific and clinical value, and be forward-thinking about the evolution and intersection of clinical care, public health, self-care, and clinical research.





Department of Homeland Security

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





 
 

Department of Interior

Director


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OMB Director assists the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. The Director plays a key role in S&T agenda-setting because they wield a great deal of influence over agency budget requests and the final shape of the President’s budget, along with the performance assessment.




Chief Performance Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The CPO leads the OMB "SWAT team" dedicated to working with agencies to improve results for federal programs and eliminate waste and inefficiency. The CPO works with federal agencies to set tough performance targets and hold managers responsible for progress. The CPO needs to be someone who understands the complexity of federal government programs, has significant experience in federal programs, can navigate the bureaucracy, and fix hard problems. This role has been historically merged with that of Deputy Director for Management, who develops and executes a government-wide management agenda that includes information technology, financial management, procurement, performance, and human resources.




Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States


Presidential Appointment The U.S CIO oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all federal IT investments. The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government. An effective CIO needs to be well-versed in cloud technologies, data analytics, data governance, IT modernization and cybersecurity in order to serve as a point of stability and consistent direction for CIO organizations across the government.




Associate Director for National Security Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for National Security Programs oversees all funding for defense, intelligence, international affairs, and veterans’ programs across the federal government. They oversee the preparation of a $1 trillion federal budget for the DoD, DOE’s nuclear programs, State, VA, USAID, and the Intelligence Community—and defend it before Congress. They also represent OMB on the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, the "engine room" for the national security policymaking process for the Federal Government. The AD needs to be well-versed in the federal national security apparatus and needs to be entrepreneurial enough to advocate and advance large budget proposals to Congress.




Associate Director for Natural Resource Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for Natural Resources supports development and execution of the President’s economic and environmental policy, and leads a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues—including issues related to energy, agriculture, infrastructure, conservation, and technology—across a nearly $100 billion portfolio. On these issues, the Associate Director coordinates with key science agencies such DOE, USDA, DOI, EPA, NASA, NSF and other agencies—an important role with climate as a strong priority for the incoming administration.




Administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Administrator leads OIRA, which oversees the development and implementation of regulations and information policy for all federal agencies. OIRA is charged with coordinating with federal agencies to ensure their rules align with White House priorities. It also conducts legal and economic analyses of major regulations—weighing the costs to businesses against the benefits to the public—and provides a final sign-off before they can be released. For example, the OIRA Administrator can play an influential role in setting environmental and health policy through regulation. OIRA is well-positioned to take on an expanded role to swiftly advance urgent regulations tied to pandemic recovery.




Chief Statistician of the United States


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Statistician is charged with providing coordination, guidance, and oversight for U.S. federal statistical agencies and activities. The Chief Statistician heads the Statistical Policy Branch of the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The Chief Statistician does the following:

  • Coordinates, through the review of budget proposals and otherwise, the statistical functions of the Federal Government with respect to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating statistics and statistical information that are carried out in more than 100 agencies.
  • Ensures that the Federal Statistics System (FSS) is positioned to meet the increasing demand for more timely information.
  • Evaluates statistical program performance and agency compliance with government-wide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines.
  • Represents the U.S. as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, and similar international statistical bodies; ensures participation by U.S. technical experts on working parties developing international statistical standards; and coordinates U.S reporting of data to international organizations.
The Chief Statistician position has been vacant since December 2019 and the impact of this vacancy has been felt throughout the FSS, highlighting the importance of this role and how essential it is to the functioning of the FSS. Official federal statistics have been called into question, without reason, frequently over the past four years and ensuring this role is fulfilled with a highly qualified candidate will go a long way to helping restore faith to the FSS and the numbers that are put out by all of the federal agencies.





Department of Justice

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





 
 

Department of Labor

Secretary of Transportation


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Secretary of Transportation sets the priorities and direction of the Department; they are the chief representative of the organization to the public, press, Congress; and they manage relationships with the White House, final decision-maker. The Secretary leads the Department's efforts on research and development of new transportation technologies, in addition to working with with Congress, state representatives, and the President to implement transportation-related policies and initiatives.




Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation With direction from the Secretary, The Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology sets a research agenda and manages research along with the operating administrations. There is an opportunity for the Assistant Secretary to lead efforts to push the Operating Administrations to shift from more traditional research areas such as pavement and bridge structure, to more cutting edge research. There is an oppurtunity to leverage their bully pulpit to push the Transportation Research Board in the same direction and could restructure the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to measure areas more connected to current priorities.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology ensures that research, development, and technology activities across DOT and 40 University Transportation Centers (UTC) are fully aligned with DOT’s areas of interest. The Deputy Assistant Secretary manages DOT’s spectrum interests, including GPS and 5.9 GHz band. The Deputy Assistant Secretary guides the administration’s research and technology priorities related to transportation.




Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)


The BTS Director acts as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on data and statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics. The BTS Director leads the agency’s efforts on statistics of movement including aviation and freight.




Undersecretary For Transportation Policy


The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy helps the Secretary set priorities. The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy oversees the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology as well as several other key offices, such as the policy office, which coordinate the Secretary’s priorities across the Department including automation, connected vehicles, and data.




Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The FAA Administrator oversees all FAA functions as well as aviation research and development and next generation air traffic control systems. The Administrator also oversees items related to the construction and operation of airports, certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of U.S. assets involved in the launch or re-entry of space vehicles.





Department of State

Director, BARDA


Career Appointment The BARDA Director oversees a ~$3B budget and plays an integral role in advancing the development of new medical technologies and products. It is an important position because BARDA has lots of flexible authorities and is relatively low on bureaucracy, so projects can be undertaken in an expedient manner. Furthermore, BARDA plays a commandeering role in driving the COVID-19 vaccine research and partnerships. In the wake of the pandemic, the BARDA Director is crucial as more scrutiny will be placed on BARDA to keep the nation prepared for the medical consequences of future catastrophic events.




Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation Setting the agency priorities, the NIH Director drives biomedical science and the policy of science funding at the NIH. The Director must be a medical science expert that can work at the frontiers of biomedical research. Furthermore, the Director must understand and collaborate with the broad constituent base of the scientific and medical community. Moreover, the Director’s management style undoubtedly has ripple effects throughout the agency. Across the agency and its 27 institutes, the Director has the freedom to give input on every major decision made or the Director can run the NIH with a more federated approach, which gives more agenda-setting power to the 27 institute directors. The Director can directly drive and influence agency S&T priorities by leveraging the Common Fund to fund a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research in collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. As the leader of the nation’s primary health research agency, the Director can dramatically affect the quality of America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery going forward.




Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Presidential Appointment The NCI Director should have a strong cancer research background, along with a balanced mix of research, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. NCI has a budget of $6.4B, but the NCI Director must have strong interpersonal and communication skills that can be leveraged to work with stakeholders such as Congress.




Deputy Director for Program Planning, Coordination, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), NIH


Career Appointment The DPSCPI Director is a key position at NIH to advance innovative funding policies, including challenges, common funds, and others. The Deputy Director leads the DPCPSI in identifying emerging scientific opportunities, public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure.




Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Extramural Research serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Furthermore, they lead and support the development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs.




Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH. Furthermore, the Deputy Director directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships. This role has been vacant since 2017.




Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Intramural Research coordinates activities and facilitates cooperation among the 27 Institute-based and Center-based Scientific Directors to achieve the scientific, training, and public health missions of the NIH Intramural Research Program. The Deputy Director provides guidance for the entire intramural program and reports to the NIH Director. They oversee and ultimately approve the hiring of all NIH principal investigators, and they are the institutional official responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, and animal care and use at the NIH.




Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, NIH


Career Appointment The Chief of Staff assists the NIH Director in their agenda-setting initiatives across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. The Chief of Staff is a crucial coordinating and support role for the NIH Director.




Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), NIH


Career Appointment The OSC Director directly oversees all the Common Fund funding, which funds a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research that can involve collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. Furthermore, OSC is the central management hub for all the Common Fund programs.




National Coordinator for Health IT


Noncareer Appointment The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC has tremendous influence over how digital technologies including electronic health records are rolled out across the American health care system. The National Coordinator sets policy priorities, guides development and implementation of policy, and chooses and oversees advisory boards. The rules the National Coordinator helps set affect safety, privacy, cost, efficiency and user-friendliness of technologies at the core of how we experience health care in the digital world. They must understand the healthcare system as a whole (not just prioritizing the interests of hospitals and large healthcare organizations), understand technology and data standards, be committed to balancing patient privacy with scientific and clinical value, and be forward-thinking about the evolution and intersection of clinical care, public health, self-care, and clinical research.





 
 

Department of Transportation

Secretary of Transportation


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Secretary of Transportation sets the priorities and direction of the Department; they are the chief representative of the organization to the public, press, Congress; and they manage relationships with the White House, final decision-maker. The Secretary leads the Department's efforts on research and development of new transportation technologies, in addition to working with with Congress, state representatives, and the President to implement transportation-related policies and initiatives.




Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation With direction from the Secretary, The Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology sets a research agenda and manages research along with the operating administrations. There is an opportunity for the Assistant Secretary to lead efforts to push the Operating Administrations to shift from more traditional research areas such as pavement and bridge structure, to more cutting edge research. There is an oppurtunity to leverage their bully pulpit to push the Transportation Research Board in the same direction and could restructure the Bureau of Transportation Statistics to measure areas more connected to current priorities.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology ensures that research, development, and technology activities across DOT and 40 University Transportation Centers (UTC) are fully aligned with DOT’s areas of interest. The Deputy Assistant Secretary manages DOT’s spectrum interests, including GPS and 5.9 GHz band. The Deputy Assistant Secretary guides the administration’s research and technology priorities related to transportation.




Director, Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS)


The BTS Director acts as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Transportation on data and statistics on commercial aviation, multimodal freight activity, and transportation economics. The BTS Director leads the agency’s efforts on statistics of movement including aviation and freight.




Undersecretary For Transportation Policy


The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy helps the Secretary set priorities. The Undersecretary for Transportation Policy oversees the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology as well as several other key offices, such as the policy office, which coordinate the Secretary’s priorities across the Department including automation, connected vehicles, and data.




Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The FAA Administrator oversees all FAA functions as well as aviation research and development and next generation air traffic control systems. The Administrator also oversees items related to the construction and operation of airports, certification of personnel and aircraft, and the protection of U.S. assets involved in the launch or re-entry of space vehicles.





Environmental Protection Agency

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





 
 

Federal Communications Commission

Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff directly supports the FCC Chair in managing priorities and plays a major coordinating and strategic role. With the trust of the FCC Chair, the Chief of Staff heavily influences the strategy and policy development of critical S&T issues such as Section 230 reform, spectrum management, 5G rollout, and closing the homework gap.




Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The OET Chief oversees the FCC’s Policy and Rules Division, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, and Laboratory Division and manages spectrum and leadership for competitive technologies and services. They drive innovation within the FCC through managing the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices. The OET Chief provides the technical knowledge to guide the FCC in decisions about requirements for networks, such as net neutrality. They also play a significant role in convening the Technological Advisory Council for experts’ advice on technology developments.




Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The Deputy OET Chief supports the OET Chief, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. They influence innovation within the FCC because they manage the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices.




Chief Technology Officer


Career Appointment The CTO serves as the senior technological adviser at the FCC, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The CTO leads and conducts engineering and technical analysis, testing equipment to determine its interference risks and technical operating parameters, while developing projects to gather theoretical and experimental data on new technologies. The CTO often coordinates with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Past CTOs have spearheaded initiatives on Open Internet, robocalls and public safety issues. The CTO needs to be a technologist with broad research experience, who can effectively promote 5G services, rural network buildouts, and other network enhancements.





Federal Trade Commission

Director, BARDA


Career Appointment The BARDA Director oversees a ~$3B budget and plays an integral role in advancing the development of new medical technologies and products. It is an important position because BARDA has lots of flexible authorities and is relatively low on bureaucracy, so projects can be undertaken in an expedient manner. Furthermore, BARDA plays a commandeering role in driving the COVID-19 vaccine research and partnerships. In the wake of the pandemic, the BARDA Director is crucial as more scrutiny will be placed on BARDA to keep the nation prepared for the medical consequences of future catastrophic events.




Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation Setting the agency priorities, the NIH Director drives biomedical science and the policy of science funding at the NIH. The Director must be a medical science expert that can work at the frontiers of biomedical research. Furthermore, the Director must understand and collaborate with the broad constituent base of the scientific and medical community. Moreover, the Director’s management style undoubtedly has ripple effects throughout the agency. Across the agency and its 27 institutes, the Director has the freedom to give input on every major decision made or the Director can run the NIH with a more federated approach, which gives more agenda-setting power to the 27 institute directors. The Director can directly drive and influence agency S&T priorities by leveraging the Common Fund to fund a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research in collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. As the leader of the nation’s primary health research agency, the Director can dramatically affect the quality of America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery going forward.




Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Presidential Appointment The NCI Director should have a strong cancer research background, along with a balanced mix of research, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. NCI has a budget of $6.4B, but the NCI Director must have strong interpersonal and communication skills that can be leveraged to work with stakeholders such as Congress.




Deputy Director for Program Planning, Coordination, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), NIH


Career Appointment The DPSCPI Director is a key position at NIH to advance innovative funding policies, including challenges, common funds, and others. The Deputy Director leads the DPCPSI in identifying emerging scientific opportunities, public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure.




Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Extramural Research serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Furthermore, they lead and support the development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs.




Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH. Furthermore, the Deputy Director directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships. This role has been vacant since 2017.




Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Intramural Research coordinates activities and facilitates cooperation among the 27 Institute-based and Center-based Scientific Directors to achieve the scientific, training, and public health missions of the NIH Intramural Research Program. The Deputy Director provides guidance for the entire intramural program and reports to the NIH Director. They oversee and ultimately approve the hiring of all NIH principal investigators, and they are the institutional official responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, and animal care and use at the NIH.




Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, NIH


Career Appointment The Chief of Staff assists the NIH Director in their agenda-setting initiatives across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. The Chief of Staff is a crucial coordinating and support role for the NIH Director.




Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), NIH


Career Appointment The OSC Director directly oversees all the Common Fund funding, which funds a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research that can involve collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. Furthermore, OSC is the central management hub for all the Common Fund programs.




National Coordinator for Health IT


Noncareer Appointment The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC has tremendous influence over how digital technologies including electronic health records are rolled out across the American health care system. The National Coordinator sets policy priorities, guides development and implementation of policy, and chooses and oversees advisory boards. The rules the National Coordinator helps set affect safety, privacy, cost, efficiency and user-friendliness of technologies at the core of how we experience health care in the digital world. They must understand the healthcare system as a whole (not just prioritizing the interests of hospitals and large healthcare organizations), understand technology and data standards, be committed to balancing patient privacy with scientific and clinical value, and be forward-thinking about the evolution and intersection of clinical care, public health, self-care, and clinical research.





 

National Aeronautics and Aerospace Administration

Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff directly supports the FCC Chair in managing priorities and plays a major coordinating and strategic role. With the trust of the FCC Chair, the Chief of Staff heavily influences the strategy and policy development of critical S&T issues such as Section 230 reform, spectrum management, 5G rollout, and closing the homework gap.




Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The OET Chief oversees the FCC’s Policy and Rules Division, Electromagnetic Compatibility Division, and Laboratory Division and manages spectrum and leadership for competitive technologies and services. They drive innovation within the FCC through managing the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices. The OET Chief provides the technical knowledge to guide the FCC in decisions about requirements for networks, such as net neutrality. They also play a significant role in convening the Technological Advisory Council for experts’ advice on technology developments.




Deputy Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology (OET)


Career Appointment The Deputy OET Chief supports the OET Chief, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. They influence innovation within the FCC because they manage the Experimental Licensing program and the Equipment Authorization program, which develops technical regulations for the operation of unlicensed devices.




Chief Technology Officer


Career Appointment The CTO serves as the senior technological adviser at the FCC, providing technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners, FCC Bureaus, and Offices. They advise and participate in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The CTO leads and conducts engineering and technical analysis, testing equipment to determine its interference risks and technical operating parameters, while developing projects to gather theoretical and experimental data on new technologies. The CTO often coordinates with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Past CTOs have spearheaded initiatives on Open Internet, robocalls and public safety issues. The CTO needs to be a technologist with broad research experience, who can effectively promote 5G services, rural network buildouts, and other network enhancements.





 
 

National Science Foundation

Director, BARDA


Career Appointment The BARDA Director oversees a ~$3B budget and plays an integral role in advancing the development of new medical technologies and products. It is an important position because BARDA has lots of flexible authorities and is relatively low on bureaucracy, so projects can be undertaken in an expedient manner. Furthermore, BARDA plays a commandeering role in driving the COVID-19 vaccine research and partnerships. In the wake of the pandemic, the BARDA Director is crucial as more scrutiny will be placed on BARDA to keep the nation prepared for the medical consequences of future catastrophic events.




Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation Setting the agency priorities, the NIH Director drives biomedical science and the policy of science funding at the NIH. The Director must be a medical science expert that can work at the frontiers of biomedical research. Furthermore, the Director must understand and collaborate with the broad constituent base of the scientific and medical community. Moreover, the Director’s management style undoubtedly has ripple effects throughout the agency. Across the agency and its 27 institutes, the Director has the freedom to give input on every major decision made or the Director can run the NIH with a more federated approach, which gives more agenda-setting power to the 27 institute directors. The Director can directly drive and influence agency S&T priorities by leveraging the Common Fund to fund a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research in collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. As the leader of the nation’s primary health research agency, the Director can dramatically affect the quality of America's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery going forward.




Director, National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH


Presidential Appointment The NCI Director should have a strong cancer research background, along with a balanced mix of research, administrative and entrepreneurial experience. NCI has a budget of $6.4B, but the NCI Director must have strong interpersonal and communication skills that can be leveraged to work with stakeholders such as Congress.




Deputy Director for Program Planning, Coordination, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), NIH


Career Appointment The DPSCPI Director is a key position at NIH to advance innovative funding policies, including challenges, common funds, and others. The Deputy Director leads the DPCPSI in identifying emerging scientific opportunities, public health challenges, and scientific knowledge gaps that merit further research. Furthermore, the Deputy Director plans and implements trans-NIH initiatives supported by the Common Fund and coordinates research related to AIDS, behavioral and social sciences, women's health, disease prevention, dietary supplements, sexual and gender minorities, tribal health, and research infrastructure.




Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Extramural Research serves as the principal scientific leader and advisor to the Director of the NIH on all matters relating to the substance, quality, and effectiveness of the NIH extramural research program and administration. Furthermore, they lead and support the development of innovative initiatives, program and grants management policy and processes, and the small business and extramural technology development programs.




Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Science Policy and Outreach is responsible for creating major new strategic and scientific initiatives for NIH. Furthermore, the Deputy Director directs the agency’s efforts to advance biomedical research through policy development, public and stakeholder communication and education, and innovative projects and partnerships. This role has been vacant since 2017.




Deputy Director for Intramural Research, NIH


Career Appointment The Deputy Director for Intramural Research coordinates activities and facilitates cooperation among the 27 Institute-based and Center-based Scientific Directors to achieve the scientific, training, and public health missions of the NIH Intramural Research Program. The Deputy Director provides guidance for the entire intramural program and reports to the NIH Director. They oversee and ultimately approve the hiring of all NIH principal investigators, and they are the institutional official responsible for human subjects research protections, research integrity, technology transfer, and animal care and use at the NIH.




Chief of Staff, Office of the Director, NIH


Career Appointment The Chief of Staff assists the NIH Director in their agenda-setting initiatives across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. The Chief of Staff is a crucial coordinating and support role for the NIH Director.




Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), NIH


Career Appointment The OSC Director directly oversees all the Common Fund funding, which funds a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, high-risk research that can involve collaboration with any of the NIH institutes. Furthermore, OSC is the central management hub for all the Common Fund programs.




National Coordinator for Health IT


Noncareer Appointment The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information. The ONC has tremendous influence over how digital technologies including electronic health records are rolled out across the American health care system. The National Coordinator sets policy priorities, guides development and implementation of policy, and chooses and oversees advisory boards. The rules the National Coordinator helps set affect safety, privacy, cost, efficiency and user-friendliness of technologies at the core of how we experience health care in the digital world. They must understand the healthcare system as a whole (not just prioritizing the interests of hospitals and large healthcare organizations), understand technology and data standards, be committed to balancing patient privacy with scientific and clinical value, and be forward-thinking about the evolution and intersection of clinical care, public health, self-care, and clinical research.





Office of Management and Budget

Director


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OMB Director assists the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. The Director plays a key role in S&T agenda-setting because they wield a great deal of influence over agency budget requests and the final shape of the President’s budget, along with the performance assessment.




Chief Performance Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The CPO leads the OMB "SWAT team" dedicated to working with agencies to improve results for federal programs and eliminate waste and inefficiency. The CPO works with federal agencies to set tough performance targets and hold managers responsible for progress. The CPO needs to be someone who understands the complexity of federal government programs, has significant experience in federal programs, can navigate the bureaucracy, and fix hard problems. This role has been historically merged with that of Deputy Director for Management, who develops and executes a government-wide management agenda that includes information technology, financial management, procurement, performance, and human resources.




Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States


Presidential Appointment The U.S CIO oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all federal IT investments. The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government. An effective CIO needs to be well-versed in cloud technologies, data analytics, data governance, IT modernization and cybersecurity in order to serve as a point of stability and consistent direction for CIO organizations across the government.




Associate Director for National Security Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for National Security Programs oversees all funding for defense, intelligence, international affairs, and veterans’ programs across the federal government. They oversee the preparation of a $1 trillion federal budget for the DoD, DOE’s nuclear programs, State, VA, USAID, and the Intelligence Community—and defend it before Congress. They also represent OMB on the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, the "engine room" for the national security policymaking process for the Federal Government. The AD needs to be well-versed in the federal national security apparatus and needs to be entrepreneurial enough to advocate and advance large budget proposals to Congress.




Associate Director for Natural Resource Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for Natural Resources supports development and execution of the President’s economic and environmental policy, and leads a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues—including issues related to energy, agriculture, infrastructure, conservation, and technology—across a nearly $100 billion portfolio. On these issues, the Associate Director coordinates with key science agencies such DOE, USDA, DOI, EPA, NASA, NSF and other agencies—an important role with climate as a strong priority for the incoming administration.




Administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Administrator leads OIRA, which oversees the development and implementation of regulations and information policy for all federal agencies. OIRA is charged with coordinating with federal agencies to ensure their rules align with White House priorities. It also conducts legal and economic analyses of major regulations—weighing the costs to businesses against the benefits to the public—and provides a final sign-off before they can be released. For example, the OIRA Administrator can play an influential role in setting environmental and health policy through regulation. OIRA is well-positioned to take on an expanded role to swiftly advance urgent regulations tied to pandemic recovery.




Chief Statistician of the United States


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Statistician is charged with providing coordination, guidance, and oversight for U.S. federal statistical agencies and activities. The Chief Statistician heads the Statistical Policy Branch of the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The Chief Statistician does the following:

  • Coordinates, through the review of budget proposals and otherwise, the statistical functions of the Federal Government with respect to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating statistics and statistical information that are carried out in more than 100 agencies.
  • Ensures that the Federal Statistics System (FSS) is positioned to meet the increasing demand for more timely information.
  • Evaluates statistical program performance and agency compliance with government-wide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines.
  • Represents the U.S. as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, and similar international statistical bodies; ensures participation by U.S. technical experts on working parties developing international statistical standards; and coordinates U.S reporting of data to international organizations.
The Chief Statistician position has been vacant since December 2019 and the impact of this vacancy has been felt throughout the FSS, highlighting the importance of this role and how essential it is to the functioning of the FSS. Official federal statistics have been called into question, without reason, frequently over the past four years and ensuring this role is fulfilled with a highly qualified candidate will go a long way to helping restore faith to the FSS and the numbers that are put out by all of the federal agencies.





 

Office of Science and Technology Policy

Director


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OMB Director assists the President in overseeing the preparation of the federal budget and to supervise its administration in Executive Branch agencies. The Director plays a key role in S&T agenda-setting because they wield a great deal of influence over agency budget requests and the final shape of the President’s budget, along with the performance assessment.




Chief Performance Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The CPO leads the OMB "SWAT team" dedicated to working with agencies to improve results for federal programs and eliminate waste and inefficiency. The CPO works with federal agencies to set tough performance targets and hold managers responsible for progress. The CPO needs to be someone who understands the complexity of federal government programs, has significant experience in federal programs, can navigate the bureaucracy, and fix hard problems. This role has been historically merged with that of Deputy Director for Management, who develops and executes a government-wide management agenda that includes information technology, financial management, procurement, performance, and human resources.




Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States


Presidential Appointment The U.S CIO oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all federal IT investments. The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government. An effective CIO needs to be well-versed in cloud technologies, data analytics, data governance, IT modernization and cybersecurity in order to serve as a point of stability and consistent direction for CIO organizations across the government.




Associate Director for National Security Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for National Security Programs oversees all funding for defense, intelligence, international affairs, and veterans’ programs across the federal government. They oversee the preparation of a $1 trillion federal budget for the DoD, DOE’s nuclear programs, State, VA, USAID, and the Intelligence Community—and defend it before Congress. They also represent OMB on the National Security Council’s Deputies Committee, the "engine room" for the national security policymaking process for the Federal Government. The AD needs to be well-versed in the federal national security apparatus and needs to be entrepreneurial enough to advocate and advance large budget proposals to Congress.




Associate Director for Natural Resource Programs


Noncareer Appointment The Associate Director for Natural Resources supports development and execution of the President’s economic and environmental policy, and leads a team of experts overseeing a wide array of policy, budget, and management issues—including issues related to energy, agriculture, infrastructure, conservation, and technology—across a nearly $100 billion portfolio. On these issues, the Associate Director coordinates with key science agencies such DOE, USDA, DOI, EPA, NASA, NSF and other agencies—an important role with climate as a strong priority for the incoming administration.




Administrator, Office of Information & Regulatory Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Administrator leads OIRA, which oversees the development and implementation of regulations and information policy for all federal agencies. OIRA is charged with coordinating with federal agencies to ensure their rules align with White House priorities. It also conducts legal and economic analyses of major regulations—weighing the costs to businesses against the benefits to the public—and provides a final sign-off before they can be released. For example, the OIRA Administrator can play an influential role in setting environmental and health policy through regulation. OIRA is well-positioned to take on an expanded role to swiftly advance urgent regulations tied to pandemic recovery.




Chief Statistician of the United States


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Statistician is charged with providing coordination, guidance, and oversight for U.S. federal statistical agencies and activities. The Chief Statistician heads the Statistical Policy Branch of the OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). The Chief Statistician does the following:

  • Coordinates, through the review of budget proposals and otherwise, the statistical functions of the Federal Government with respect to gathering, interpreting, and disseminating statistics and statistical information that are carried out in more than 100 agencies.
  • Ensures that the Federal Statistics System (FSS) is positioned to meet the increasing demand for more timely information.
  • Evaluates statistical program performance and agency compliance with government-wide policies, principles, standards, and guidelines.
  • Represents the U.S. as a member of the United Nations Statistical Commission, the OECD Committee on Statistics and Statistical Policy, and similar international statistical bodies; ensures participation by U.S. technical experts on working parties developing international statistical standards; and coordinates U.S reporting of data to international organizations.
The Chief Statistician position has been vacant since December 2019 and the impact of this vacancy has been felt throughout the FSS, highlighting the importance of this role and how essential it is to the functioning of the FSS. Official federal statistics have been called into question, without reason, frequently over the past four years and ensuring this role is fulfilled with a highly qualified candidate will go a long way to helping restore faith to the FSS and the numbers that are put out by all of the federal agencies.





 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The USPTO Director acts as the principal advisor to the President on all intellectual property (IP) policy matters, serves as chief executive of USPTO and guides PTO’s strategic and management goals. This USPTO Director is crucial to S&T in the next administration because they steer the PTO’s direction on IP priorities—a healthy patent and trademark system is necessary for competitive innovation in technology. Director will play a critical role in aiding and supporting the implementation of administration’s policies on innovation, industrialization, research and development, food and drug, and trade.




Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office


Appointment Excepted by Statute The Deputy Director acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for the operations of 4 USPTO Regional Offices, including 13,000 employees, and the management of the $3.5 Billion budget. They divide policy leadership duties with the PTO Director. They aid in steering PTO’s direction on iP priorities. Similarly, they can focus the legislative, regulatory, and international initiatives needed to support the next administration’s S&T agenda.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff acts as an advisor to the PTO Director and responsible for operational management, as well as the communication of the President’s IP agenda. Primary liaison for day-to-day policy coordination with the White House, Department of Commerce, and other agencies. They are the key bridge between administration and PTO in shaping and executing an IP agenda that values S&T. During the Obama administration, the Chief of Staff was a source of substantive counsel to the Under Secretary on S&T policy matters.




Commissioner of Patents


Career Appointment The Commissioner of Patents is the operational lead of the patents division of USPTO. Manages and directs administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration. Although typically an operational role for PTO, previous Commissioners have played a substantial role in S&T policy discussions and decision making.




Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations


Career Appointment The Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations proves oversight to nine Patent Technology Centers including biotech and organic fields, chemical and materials engineering, computer architecture software and information security, computer networks, multiplex, cable, and cryptography, communications, semiconductor, etc. Lastly, they have oversight over priority areas of emerging technology, especially considering plans of SME reshoring and AI development.




Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs


Career Appointment The Chief Policy Officer (CPO) acts as a policy advisor to the USPTO Director. The CPO manages USPTO’s domestic and international intellectual property (IP) policy activities, legislative engagement through the Office of Governmental Affairs, education and training through the through the Global Intellectual Property Academy (GIPA), global advocacy through the IP Attache Program, and economic analysis of the Office of the Chief Economist. Intellectual property can become more collaborative or more combative internationally, and thus the CPO plays a crucial role in advancing USPTO’s leadership and participation in both domestic and international innovation policy, especially with the increased focus on global technological competition.




General Counsel


Career Appointment The General Counsel acts as the legal advisor to the PTO Director. They oversee the Office of General Counsel, which includes the Office of the Solicitor, the Office of General Law, and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline. Represents the agency before the Federal Circuits and works with the Solicitor General and Dept. of Justice to formulate USG positions on Supreme Court litigations. They shape U.S innovation policy by intervening on behalf of the Federal Government in appellate cases that bear on substantive patent, trade secrecy, and copyright law.




Chief Information Officer


Career Appointment The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to USPTO on the design, development, and management of its information systems and technology. Hackers and legacy software hinder reliable processing of USPTO’s patent applications, slowing down innovation. The CIO has the opportunity to undertake a fundamental stabilization and modernization effort to transition USPTO to modern technology, which would make USPTO more agile and would enable more American innovation.




Chief Judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)


Career Appointment The Chief Judge of the PTAB leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings. PTAB administrative adjudication is becoming increasingly important to patent policy, which heavily influences American innovation. Over the last few years the patent board has received numerous challenges, including a few Supreme Court cases.





 

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