TOP 150 SCIENCE AND TECHNology ROLES IN GOVERNMENT

The response to our recent open call for contributions helped identify 150 critical S&T roles across the Federal Government and why they matter for the Biden-Harris Administration. The Day One Project is excited to share our crowdsourced list.

Background: Top 150 S&T Roles

 

This 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 the Administration seeks to implement an ambitious science and technology agenda.

OUR TOP 150 FEDERAL S&T ROLES

 
Department of Agriculture

Department of Agriculture

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. The OET Chief drives 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. The OET Chief also plays 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. The OET Deputy Chief advises and participates in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The OET Deputy Chief influences 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 Commerce

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.





 
 

Department of Defense

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. The OET Chief drives 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. The OET Chief also plays 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. The OET Deputy Chief advises and participates in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The OET Deputy Chief influences 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 Education

Director, Office of Education Technology


Noncareer Appointment By statute, the Director reports directly to the Secretary, and is authorized to develop and implement the national vision and strategy for educational technology policy both within the Department and across government. This includes promoting awareness of the potential of technology for improving teaching and learning, supporting state and local efforts to increase the effective, research-based use of technology, promoting the effective uses of technology in existing federal education programs, and coordinating educational technology activities among the public and private sectors. The Director develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for K-12, higher education, and adult education programs. The Director works in collaboration with other ED offices, the White House, and other federal agencies on issues related to the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning. OET is also the primary Department of Education office for outreach to the education technology developer community. With virtually all learning in both public K-12 schools and higher education institutions either fully online or partially online, there is a critical need for a strategic vision of the policies, strategies, capacities, and resources necessary for effective online and hybrid teaching and learning. This role is critical to a successful pandemic response by supporting the effective, efficient use of federal funds at both the state and local levels as well as providing guidance on the equitable, effective use of technology for learning to begin to address the disproportionate learning lost though the pandemic among marginalized youth and our most vulnerable populations. The Director will need to coordinate closely with the senior leadership at ED, WH OSTP, DPC, NEC, HHS, CDC, and others to ensure that the government is properly prioritizing and supporting evidence-based practices to accelerate our recovery and minimize ongoing learning losses, and to ensure that all students are being reached and served.




Deputy Director, Office of Education Technology


Schedule C Excepted Appointment The Deputy Director of OET provides direct support to the mission of the office, and often takes on an additional specialty role based on their background and the priority needs of ED that may include expertise, for example, in higher education or in the more technical side of learning technology (privacy, interoperability, OER, etc), as opposed to the policy side. This position also often serves as an internal consultant to ED offices providing them guidance on the best use of technology for their priorities, impacting the deployment and use of billions of dollars in federal spending. The administration may choose to appoint someone to this role with particular expertise to move forward national policy initiatives. For example, if extending broadband for learning at home is a priority for the administration, this person could be an expert in E-rate and state and school connectivity issues. If helping higher education adapt to fully online or hybrid learning was a priority, this position could be someone with higher ed leadership and learning technology expertise.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for  Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary works with Congress, the White House, OMB, Program Offices and Office of the Secretary to structure agency priorities, policy agenda, and influences budget priorities. Historically, the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development holds the most influence and sets the policy agenda within the Department of Education.




Director, Institute of Education Sciences


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Director leads the statistics, research, and evaluation portfolio of the Department of Education. The Director oversees a variety of data gathering exercises including surveys and research projects to understand areas and ways to improve student learning. The Director also receives insight directly from members of the National Board of Education Sciences, who are also appointed by the President.




Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)


Presidential Appointment The Commissioner sets policy and standards for the operation of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) -- the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The Commissioner oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of complete statistics on the condition of American education. In addition, the Commissioner oversees the data gathering and dissemination of reports representing and dissecting educational activities domestically and internationally.




Chief Data Officer (CDO)


Career Appointment The Chief Data Officer (CDO) leads the Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Data Officer, which is responsible for data governance, open data initiatives, and data analytics to improve the agency’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset. The CDO chairs ED’s Data Governance Board, gathering input from across ED to inform policy and process decisions about the development and use of the ED’s data assets. The CDO serves as ED’s liaison to other agencies and OMB on the best way to use existing agency data for statistical purposes. The CDO coordinates with the ED’s Chief Information Officer to improve infrastructure and reduce barriers that inhibit the accessibility of data, and on implementing and enforcing applicable policies and procedures with respect to records management. The CDO engages agency employees, the public, and contractors in using public data assets, and encourages collaborative approaches on improving data use.





 

Department of Energy

OSTP Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OSTP Director covers two science and technology issue areas where they influence decision making on key policies, such as national security, environment, and energy policy. First, the OSTP Director provides advice to the President and key administration officials on S&T priorities and serves a significant coordinating role on agenda-setting across the Federal R&D enterprise (NASA, DOE, NSF, etc.), including the R&D budget, management, and oversight. Second, the OSTP Director manages the NSTC and co-chairs PCAST. Third, the OSTP Director coordinates communication activities during disasters, and represents the U.S. at international S&T policy-related meetings. Lastly, the OSTP Director serves as a two-way communication conduit between the EOP and the federal and non-federal S&T community. The OSTP Director can use their role as a “bully pulpit” to encourage federal agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and others in the S&T community to align with the Executive Branch’s S&T agenda.




Chief Technology Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Chief Technology Officer is a policy role defined by the individual that assumes it. Distinct from OMB’s Chief Information Officer, the CTO position has been seen primarily as an outward-reaching position whose priority responsibilities are leveraging not only information technology, but technological innovation to bridge the digital divide and address the major societal challenges that the country faces, such as job creation, health care, and national security. Furthermore, the CTO works closely with others both across and outside government to upgrade government technological capability. The CTO needs to be someone who is a technologist and can draw on their unique perspective to inform the policy priorities of the next administration.




Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Data Scientist provides a vision on how to provide a maximum social return on federal data and create nationwide data policies that enable shared services and forward-leaning practices to advance our nation's leadership in the data age. The Chief Data Scientist works with federal agencies to establish best practices for data management and ensure the long-term sustainability of databases. They are also responsible for recruiting and retaining talent in data science for public service, who can tackle data science objectives and act as conduits among the government, academia, and industry. As part of the CTO team, the Chief Data Scientist also works closely with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service.




Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation leads a team of policy entrepreneurs who work to identify, design, launch, and sustain science, technology, and innovation initiatives. The Deputy Director generates or identifies new ideas, evaluates policy options, ensures implementation of initiatives, and monitors the effectiveness of the President’s policies and initiatives in technology and innovation. In this role, the Deputy Director needs to be a coalition-builder in order to carry forward initiatives as well as a serial policy entrepreneur, who can balance new ventures against the dynamics of the White House.




Associate Director, Science


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Science helps to advise the President and the OSTP Director on the implications of scientific developments on public policy and on federal efforts in support of scientific research. The Associate Director’s responsibilities include overseeing national and international science and education policy development and federal agency program coordination for physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, behavioral and social sciences, and education.




Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs ensures that credible science advice informs the national security policy apparatus of the Federal Government, covering intersecting S&T priorities such as R&D, cybersecurity, space, and biosecurity. The Associate Director is also co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS). In order to be effective in this role, the Associate Director needs to be knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific enterprises.




Associate Director for Environment


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Environment is well-positioned to coordinate the Federal Government’s activities in order to address the impacts of climate change, to promote sustainable development, to foster new and cleaner sources of energy, to enable Earth and space sciences, and to build the nation’s disaster resilience. They manage the environment, natural resources, and Earth and space science research and development portfolio across the Federal Government, while integrating their activities with non-governmental, academic, private sector, and international partners. Past directors have overseen the National Ocean Council, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and interagency committees on earth observation, air and water quality, disaster risk reduction, space weather, ecological services, toxins, the Arctic, ocean science, and technology.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff supports the OSTP Director in articulating, implementing and executing on their strategic priorities. They manage the organization’s staff and participate in a wide range of policy making functions in support of the director. To be effective, the Chief of Staff needs to have management and operational experience, be familiar with the science and technology policy ecosystem, and be well-networked across the science community.




Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences


Noncareer Appointment The Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences leads a range of executive branch activities and interagency policy initiatives relating to the social, behavioral, and neurological sciences. For example, past Assistant Directors identified policy options for improving clinical treatments for brain injuries, applying new insights into cognition and learning to the domains of education and learning, and lastly accelerating the development of therapies for neurological diseases.




Communications Director


Noncareer Appointment The person in this role has two main responsibilities: (1) directs communications, public affairs and strategy for White House S&T priorities and initiatives; (2) oversees media relations, helps shape policy priorities, and leads the development of presidential and executive briefing materials for the Director and CTO. There is an opportunity for Communications Director to significantly advance science engagement and the science community to underscore scientific evidence and scientific decision-making to build trust around the Federal Government's S&T agenda.




Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program


Noncareer Appointment The Earth Observations Director supports the OSTP Director on all aspects of civil Earth observation policy and planning, and advanced related national goals and objectives. The Director oversees the activities of multiple interagency coordination groups supporting systems assessment, data management, satellite data needs, and international collaboration.





 

Department of Health and Human Services

Director, Office of Education Technology


Noncareer Appointment By statute, the Director reports directly to the Secretary, and is authorized to develop and implement the national vision and strategy for educational technology policy both within the Department and across government. This includes promoting awareness of the potential of technology for improving teaching and learning, supporting state and local efforts to increase the effective, research-based use of technology, promoting the effective uses of technology in existing federal education programs, and coordinating educational technology activities among the public and private sectors. The Director develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for K-12, higher education, and adult education programs. The Director works in collaboration with other ED offices, the White House, and other federal agencies on issues related to the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning. OET is also the primary Department of Education office for outreach to the education technology developer community. With virtually all learning in both public K-12 schools and higher education institutions either fully online or partially online, there is a critical need for a strategic vision of the policies, strategies, capacities, and resources necessary for effective online and hybrid teaching and learning. This role is critical to a successful pandemic response by supporting the effective, efficient use of federal funds at both the state and local levels as well as providing guidance on the equitable, effective use of technology for learning to begin to address the disproportionate learning lost though the pandemic among marginalized youth and our most vulnerable populations. The Director will need to coordinate closely with the senior leadership at ED, WH OSTP, DPC, NEC, HHS, CDC, and others to ensure that the government is properly prioritizing and supporting evidence-based practices to accelerate our recovery and minimize ongoing learning losses, and to ensure that all students are being reached and served.




Deputy Director, Office of Education Technology


Schedule C Excepted Appointment The Deputy Director of OET provides direct support to the mission of the office, and often takes on an additional specialty role based on their background and the priority needs of ED that may include expertise, for example, in higher education or in the more technical side of learning technology (privacy, interoperability, OER, etc), as opposed to the policy side. This position also often serves as an internal consultant to ED offices providing them guidance on the best use of technology for their priorities, impacting the deployment and use of billions of dollars in federal spending. The administration may choose to appoint someone to this role with particular expertise to move forward national policy initiatives. For example, if extending broadband for learning at home is a priority for the administration, this person could be an expert in E-rate and state and school connectivity issues. If helping higher education adapt to fully online or hybrid learning was a priority, this position could be someone with higher ed leadership and learning technology expertise.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for  Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary works with Congress, the White House, OMB, Program Offices and Office of the Secretary to structure agency priorities, policy agenda, and influences budget priorities. Historically, the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development holds the most influence and sets the policy agenda within the Department of Education.




Director, Institute of Education Sciences


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Director leads the statistics, research, and evaluation portfolio of the Department of Education. The Director oversees a variety of data gathering exercises including surveys and research projects to understand areas and ways to improve student learning. The Director also receives insight directly from members of the National Board of Education Sciences, who are also appointed by the President.




Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)


Presidential Appointment The Commissioner sets policy and standards for the operation of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) -- the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The Commissioner oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of complete statistics on the condition of American education. In addition, the Commissioner oversees the data gathering and dissemination of reports representing and dissecting educational activities domestically and internationally.




Chief Data Officer (CDO)


Career Appointment The Chief Data Officer (CDO) leads the Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Data Officer, which is responsible for data governance, open data initiatives, and data analytics to improve the agency’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset. The CDO chairs ED’s Data Governance Board, gathering input from across ED to inform policy and process decisions about the development and use of the ED’s data assets. The CDO serves as ED’s liaison to other agencies and OMB on the best way to use existing agency data for statistical purposes. The CDO coordinates with the ED’s Chief Information Officer to improve infrastructure and reduce barriers that inhibit the accessibility of data, and on implementing and enforcing applicable policies and procedures with respect to records management. The CDO engages agency employees, the public, and contractors in using public data assets, and encourages collaborative approaches on improving data use.





 

Department of Homeland Security

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.





 

Department of Interior

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.





 

Department of Justice

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. The OET Chief drives 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. The OET Chief also plays 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. The OET Deputy Chief advises and participates in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The OET Deputy Chief influences 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 Labor

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.





 

Department of State

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.





 

Department of Transportation

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.





 

Environmental Protection Agency

Director, Office of Education Technology


Noncareer Appointment By statute, the Director reports directly to the Secretary, and is authorized to develop and implement the national vision and strategy for educational technology policy both within the Department and across government. This includes promoting awareness of the potential of technology for improving teaching and learning, supporting state and local efforts to increase the effective, research-based use of technology, promoting the effective uses of technology in existing federal education programs, and coordinating educational technology activities among the public and private sectors. The Director develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for K-12, higher education, and adult education programs. The Director works in collaboration with other ED offices, the White House, and other federal agencies on issues related to the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning. OET is also the primary Department of Education office for outreach to the education technology developer community. With virtually all learning in both public K-12 schools and higher education institutions either fully online or partially online, there is a critical need for a strategic vision of the policies, strategies, capacities, and resources necessary for effective online and hybrid teaching and learning. This role is critical to a successful pandemic response by supporting the effective, efficient use of federal funds at both the state and local levels as well as providing guidance on the equitable, effective use of technology for learning to begin to address the disproportionate learning lost though the pandemic among marginalized youth and our most vulnerable populations. The Director will need to coordinate closely with the senior leadership at ED, WH OSTP, DPC, NEC, HHS, CDC, and others to ensure that the government is properly prioritizing and supporting evidence-based practices to accelerate our recovery and minimize ongoing learning losses, and to ensure that all students are being reached and served.




Deputy Director, Office of Education Technology


Schedule C Excepted Appointment The Deputy Director of OET provides direct support to the mission of the office, and often takes on an additional specialty role based on their background and the priority needs of ED that may include expertise, for example, in higher education or in the more technical side of learning technology (privacy, interoperability, OER, etc), as opposed to the policy side. This position also often serves as an internal consultant to ED offices providing them guidance on the best use of technology for their priorities, impacting the deployment and use of billions of dollars in federal spending. The administration may choose to appoint someone to this role with particular expertise to move forward national policy initiatives. For example, if extending broadband for learning at home is a priority for the administration, this person could be an expert in E-rate and state and school connectivity issues. If helping higher education adapt to fully online or hybrid learning was a priority, this position could be someone with higher ed leadership and learning technology expertise.




Deputy Assistant Secretary for  Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Assistant Secretary works with Congress, the White House, OMB, Program Offices and Office of the Secretary to structure agency priorities, policy agenda, and influences budget priorities. Historically, the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development holds the most influence and sets the policy agenda within the Department of Education.




Director, Institute of Education Sciences


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Director leads the statistics, research, and evaluation portfolio of the Department of Education. The Director oversees a variety of data gathering exercises including surveys and research projects to understand areas and ways to improve student learning. The Director also receives insight directly from members of the National Board of Education Sciences, who are also appointed by the President.




Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)


Presidential Appointment The Commissioner sets policy and standards for the operation of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) -- the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. The Commissioner oversees the collection, analysis, and reporting of complete statistics on the condition of American education. In addition, the Commissioner oversees the data gathering and dissemination of reports representing and dissecting educational activities domestically and internationally.




Chief Data Officer (CDO)


Career Appointment The Chief Data Officer (CDO) leads the Department of Education’s Office of the Chief Data Officer, which is responsible for data governance, open data initiatives, and data analytics to improve the agency’s ability to leverage data as a strategic asset. The CDO chairs ED’s Data Governance Board, gathering input from across ED to inform policy and process decisions about the development and use of the ED’s data assets. The CDO serves as ED’s liaison to other agencies and OMB on the best way to use existing agency data for statistical purposes. The CDO coordinates with the ED’s Chief Information Officer to improve infrastructure and reduce barriers that inhibit the accessibility of data, and on implementing and enforcing applicable policies and procedures with respect to records management. The CDO engages agency employees, the public, and contractors in using public data assets, and encourages collaborative approaches on improving data use.





 

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. The OET Chief drives 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. The OET Chief also plays 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. The OET Deputy Chief advises and participates in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The OET Deputy Chief influences 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

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. The OET Chief drives 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. The OET Chief also plays 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. The OET Deputy Chief advises and participates in proceedings on spectrum management, emerging technologies and technical standards. The OET Deputy Chief influences 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 Aeronautics and Aerospace Administration

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.





 

National Science Foundation

OSTP Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OSTP Director covers two science and technology issue areas where they influence decision making on key policies, such as national security, environment, and energy policy. First, the OSTP Director provides advice to the President and key administration officials on S&T priorities and serves a significant coordinating role on agenda-setting across the Federal R&D enterprise (NASA, DOE, NSF, etc.), including the R&D budget, management, and oversight. Second, the OSTP Director manages the NSTC and co-chairs PCAST. Third, the OSTP Director coordinates communication activities during disasters, and represents the U.S. at international S&T policy-related meetings. Lastly, the OSTP Director serves as a two-way communication conduit between the EOP and the federal and non-federal S&T community. The OSTP Director can use their role as a “bully pulpit” to encourage federal agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and others in the S&T community to align with the Executive Branch’s S&T agenda.




Chief Technology Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Chief Technology Officer is a policy role defined by the individual that assumes it. Distinct from OMB’s Chief Information Officer, the CTO position has been seen primarily as an outward-reaching position whose priority responsibilities are leveraging not only information technology, but technological innovation to bridge the digital divide and address the major societal challenges that the country faces, such as job creation, health care, and national security. Furthermore, the CTO works closely with others both across and outside government to upgrade government technological capability. The CTO needs to be someone who is a technologist and can draw on their unique perspective to inform the policy priorities of the next administration.




Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Data Scientist provides a vision on how to provide a maximum social return on federal data and create nationwide data policies that enable shared services and forward-leaning practices to advance our nation's leadership in the data age. The Chief Data Scientist works with federal agencies to establish best practices for data management and ensure the long-term sustainability of databases. They are also responsible for recruiting and retaining talent in data science for public service, who can tackle data science objectives and act as conduits among the government, academia, and industry. As part of the CTO team, the Chief Data Scientist also works closely with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service.




Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation leads a team of policy entrepreneurs who work to identify, design, launch, and sustain science, technology, and innovation initiatives. The Deputy Director generates or identifies new ideas, evaluates policy options, ensures implementation of initiatives, and monitors the effectiveness of the President’s policies and initiatives in technology and innovation. In this role, the Deputy Director needs to be a coalition-builder in order to carry forward initiatives as well as a serial policy entrepreneur, who can balance new ventures against the dynamics of the White House.




Associate Director, Science


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Science helps to advise the President and the OSTP Director on the implications of scientific developments on public policy and on federal efforts in support of scientific research. The Associate Director’s responsibilities include overseeing national and international science and education policy development and federal agency program coordination for physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, behavioral and social sciences, and education.




Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs ensures that credible science advice informs the national security policy apparatus of the Federal Government, covering intersecting S&T priorities such as R&D, cybersecurity, space, and biosecurity. The Associate Director is also co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS). In order to be effective in this role, the Associate Director needs to be knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific enterprises.




Associate Director for Environment


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Environment is well-positioned to coordinate the Federal Government’s activities in order to address the impacts of climate change, to promote sustainable development, to foster new and cleaner sources of energy, to enable Earth and space sciences, and to build the nation’s disaster resilience. They manage the environment, natural resources, and Earth and space science research and development portfolio across the Federal Government, while integrating their activities with non-governmental, academic, private sector, and international partners. Past directors have overseen the National Ocean Council, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and interagency committees on earth observation, air and water quality, disaster risk reduction, space weather, ecological services, toxins, the Arctic, ocean science, and technology.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff supports the OSTP Director in articulating, implementing and executing on their strategic priorities. They manage the organization’s staff and participate in a wide range of policy making functions in support of the director. To be effective, the Chief of Staff needs to have management and operational experience, be familiar with the science and technology policy ecosystem, and be well-networked across the science community.




Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences


Noncareer Appointment The Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences leads a range of executive branch activities and interagency policy initiatives relating to the social, behavioral, and neurological sciences. For example, past Assistant Directors identified policy options for improving clinical treatments for brain injuries, applying new insights into cognition and learning to the domains of education and learning, and lastly accelerating the development of therapies for neurological diseases.




Communications Director


Noncareer Appointment The person in this role has two main responsibilities: (1) directs communications, public affairs and strategy for White House S&T priorities and initiatives; (2) oversees media relations, helps shape policy priorities, and leads the development of presidential and executive briefing materials for the Director and CTO. There is an opportunity for Communications Director to significantly advance science engagement and the science community to underscore scientific evidence and scientific decision-making to build trust around the Federal Government's S&T agenda.




Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program


Noncareer Appointment The Earth Observations Director supports the OSTP Director on all aspects of civil Earth observation policy and planning, and advanced related national goals and objectives. The Director oversees the activities of multiple interagency coordination groups supporting systems assessment, data management, satellite data needs, and international collaboration.





Office of Management and Budget

OSTP Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OSTP Director covers two science and technology issue areas where they influence decision making on key policies, such as national security, environment, and energy policy. First, the OSTP Director provides advice to the President and key administration officials on S&T priorities and serves a significant coordinating role on agenda-setting across the Federal R&D enterprise (NASA, DOE, NSF, etc.), including the R&D budget, management, and oversight. Second, the OSTP Director manages the NSTC and co-chairs PCAST. Third, the OSTP Director coordinates communication activities during disasters, and represents the U.S. at international S&T policy-related meetings. Lastly, the OSTP Director serves as a two-way communication conduit between the EOP and the federal and non-federal S&T community. The OSTP Director can use their role as a “bully pulpit” to encourage federal agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and others in the S&T community to align with the Executive Branch’s S&T agenda.




Chief Technology Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Chief Technology Officer is a policy role defined by the individual that assumes it. Distinct from OMB’s Chief Information Officer, the CTO position has been seen primarily as an outward-reaching position whose priority responsibilities are leveraging not only information technology, but technological innovation to bridge the digital divide and address the major societal challenges that the country faces, such as job creation, health care, and national security. Furthermore, the CTO works closely with others both across and outside government to upgrade government technological capability. The CTO needs to be someone who is a technologist and can draw on their unique perspective to inform the policy priorities of the next administration.




Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Data Scientist provides a vision on how to provide a maximum social return on federal data and create nationwide data policies that enable shared services and forward-leaning practices to advance our nation's leadership in the data age. The Chief Data Scientist works with federal agencies to establish best practices for data management and ensure the long-term sustainability of databases. They are also responsible for recruiting and retaining talent in data science for public service, who can tackle data science objectives and act as conduits among the government, academia, and industry. As part of the CTO team, the Chief Data Scientist also works closely with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service.




Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation leads a team of policy entrepreneurs who work to identify, design, launch, and sustain science, technology, and innovation initiatives. The Deputy Director generates or identifies new ideas, evaluates policy options, ensures implementation of initiatives, and monitors the effectiveness of the President’s policies and initiatives in technology and innovation. In this role, the Deputy Director needs to be a coalition-builder in order to carry forward initiatives as well as a serial policy entrepreneur, who can balance new ventures against the dynamics of the White House.




Associate Director, Science


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Science helps to advise the President and the OSTP Director on the implications of scientific developments on public policy and on federal efforts in support of scientific research. The Associate Director’s responsibilities include overseeing national and international science and education policy development and federal agency program coordination for physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, behavioral and social sciences, and education.




Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs ensures that credible science advice informs the national security policy apparatus of the Federal Government, covering intersecting S&T priorities such as R&D, cybersecurity, space, and biosecurity. The Associate Director is also co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS). In order to be effective in this role, the Associate Director needs to be knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific enterprises.




Associate Director for Environment


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Environment is well-positioned to coordinate the Federal Government’s activities in order to address the impacts of climate change, to promote sustainable development, to foster new and cleaner sources of energy, to enable Earth and space sciences, and to build the nation’s disaster resilience. They manage the environment, natural resources, and Earth and space science research and development portfolio across the Federal Government, while integrating their activities with non-governmental, academic, private sector, and international partners. Past directors have overseen the National Ocean Council, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and interagency committees on earth observation, air and water quality, disaster risk reduction, space weather, ecological services, toxins, the Arctic, ocean science, and technology.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff supports the OSTP Director in articulating, implementing and executing on their strategic priorities. They manage the organization’s staff and participate in a wide range of policy making functions in support of the director. To be effective, the Chief of Staff needs to have management and operational experience, be familiar with the science and technology policy ecosystem, and be well-networked across the science community.




Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences


Noncareer Appointment The Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences leads a range of executive branch activities and interagency policy initiatives relating to the social, behavioral, and neurological sciences. For example, past Assistant Directors identified policy options for improving clinical treatments for brain injuries, applying new insights into cognition and learning to the domains of education and learning, and lastly accelerating the development of therapies for neurological diseases.




Communications Director


Noncareer Appointment The person in this role has two main responsibilities: (1) directs communications, public affairs and strategy for White House S&T priorities and initiatives; (2) oversees media relations, helps shape policy priorities, and leads the development of presidential and executive briefing materials for the Director and CTO. There is an opportunity for Communications Director to significantly advance science engagement and the science community to underscore scientific evidence and scientific decision-making to build trust around the Federal Government's S&T agenda.




Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program


Noncareer Appointment The Earth Observations Director supports the OSTP Director on all aspects of civil Earth observation policy and planning, and advanced related national goals and objectives. The Director oversees the activities of multiple interagency coordination groups supporting systems assessment, data management, satellite data needs, and international collaboration.





 

Office of Science and Technology Policy

OSTP Director and Assistant to the President for Science and Technology


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The OSTP Director covers two science and technology issue areas where they influence decision making on key policies, such as national security, environment, and energy policy. First, the OSTP Director provides advice to the President and key administration officials on S&T priorities and serves a significant coordinating role on agenda-setting across the Federal R&D enterprise (NASA, DOE, NSF, etc.), including the R&D budget, management, and oversight. Second, the OSTP Director manages the NSTC and co-chairs PCAST. Third, the OSTP Director coordinates communication activities during disasters, and represents the U.S. at international S&T policy-related meetings. Lastly, the OSTP Director serves as a two-way communication conduit between the EOP and the federal and non-federal S&T community. The OSTP Director can use their role as a “bully pulpit” to encourage federal agencies, universities, nongovernmental organizations, and others in the S&T community to align with the Executive Branch’s S&T agenda.




Chief Technology Officer


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Chief Technology Officer is a policy role defined by the individual that assumes it. Distinct from OMB’s Chief Information Officer, the CTO position has been seen primarily as an outward-reaching position whose priority responsibilities are leveraging not only information technology, but technological innovation to bridge the digital divide and address the major societal challenges that the country faces, such as job creation, health care, and national security. Furthermore, the CTO works closely with others both across and outside government to upgrade government technological capability. The CTO needs to be someone who is a technologist and can draw on their unique perspective to inform the policy priorities of the next administration.




Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy and Chief Data Scientist


Noncareer Appointment The Chief Data Scientist provides a vision on how to provide a maximum social return on federal data and create nationwide data policies that enable shared services and forward-leaning practices to advance our nation's leadership in the data age. The Chief Data Scientist works with federal agencies to establish best practices for data management and ensure the long-term sustainability of databases. They are also responsible for recruiting and retaining talent in data science for public service, who can tackle data science objectives and act as conduits among the government, academia, and industry. As part of the CTO team, the Chief Data Scientist also works closely with colleagues across government, including the Chief Information Officer and the U.S. Digital Service.




Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation


Noncareer Appointment The Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation leads a team of policy entrepreneurs who work to identify, design, launch, and sustain science, technology, and innovation initiatives. The Deputy Director generates or identifies new ideas, evaluates policy options, ensures implementation of initiatives, and monitors the effectiveness of the President’s policies and initiatives in technology and innovation. In this role, the Deputy Director needs to be a coalition-builder in order to carry forward initiatives as well as a serial policy entrepreneur, who can balance new ventures against the dynamics of the White House.




Associate Director, Science


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Science helps to advise the President and the OSTP Director on the implications of scientific developments on public policy and on federal efforts in support of scientific research. The Associate Director’s responsibilities include overseeing national and international science and education policy development and federal agency program coordination for physical sciences, life sciences, environmental science, behavioral and social sciences, and education.




Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs ensures that credible science advice informs the national security policy apparatus of the Federal Government, covering intersecting S&T priorities such as R&D, cybersecurity, space, and biosecurity. The Associate Director is also co-chair of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS). In order to be effective in this role, the Associate Director needs to be knowledgeable in a wide range of scientific enterprises.




Associate Director for Environment


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The Associate Director for Environment is well-positioned to coordinate the Federal Government’s activities in order to address the impacts of climate change, to promote sustainable development, to foster new and cleaner sources of energy, to enable Earth and space sciences, and to build the nation’s disaster resilience. They manage the environment, natural resources, and Earth and space science research and development portfolio across the Federal Government, while integrating their activities with non-governmental, academic, private sector, and international partners. Past directors have overseen the National Ocean Council, U.S. Global Change Research Program, and interagency committees on earth observation, air and water quality, disaster risk reduction, space weather, ecological services, toxins, the Arctic, ocean science, and technology.




Chief of Staff


Noncareer Appointment The Chief of Staff supports the OSTP Director in articulating, implementing and executing on their strategic priorities. They manage the organization’s staff and participate in a wide range of policy making functions in support of the director. To be effective, the Chief of Staff needs to have management and operational experience, be familiar with the science and technology policy ecosystem, and be well-networked across the science community.




Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences


Noncareer Appointment The Assistant Director for Social and Behavioral Sciences leads a range of executive branch activities and interagency policy initiatives relating to the social, behavioral, and neurological sciences. For example, past Assistant Directors identified policy options for improving clinical treatments for brain injuries, applying new insights into cognition and learning to the domains of education and learning, and lastly accelerating the development of therapies for neurological diseases.




Communications Director


Noncareer Appointment The person in this role has two main responsibilities: (1) directs communications, public affairs and strategy for White House S&T priorities and initiatives; (2) oversees media relations, helps shape policy priorities, and leads the development of presidential and executive briefing materials for the Director and CTO. There is an opportunity for Communications Director to significantly advance science engagement and the science community to underscore scientific evidence and scientific decision-making to build trust around the Federal Government's S&T agenda.




Director, U.S. Group on Earth Observations Program


Noncareer Appointment The Earth Observations Director supports the OSTP Director on all aspects of civil Earth observation policy and planning, and advanced related national goals and objectives. The Director oversees the activities of multiple interagency coordination groups supporting systems assessment, data management, satellite data needs, and international collaboration.





 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Director, U.S. Geological Survey


Presidential Appointment with Senate Confirmation The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is the nation's largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change. The Director oversees the collection, monitoring, and analysis of natural resource conditions, issues, and problems, and supervises scientists who develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes. The Director serves as one of the federal government’s leaders in basic research regarding our natural world. The Director is ideally someone that is well-versed in science and can effectively work with career scientists.




Chief Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey


Career Appointment The Chief Scientist is the top scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey, the largest research agency devoted to providing science about natural resources, natural hazards, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change, charged with collecting, monitoring, and analyzing natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The Chief Scientist works directly with, and reports directly to, the agency’s Director, helping to ensure that they have the scientific information they need to undertake these core functions. The Chief Scientist also serves as the USGS Executive Science Liaison within DOI and with other Federal agencies.




Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Interior is the top scientist in the Department, providing expert insights into all decisions requiring scientific expertise. The Science Advisor helps advise on all the Secretary’s key policy and management decisions, offering the best scientific information available across all the Department’s areas of oversight. The Science Advisor should have extensive and varied knowledge across scientific disciplines and be well versed in topics related to the Interior including the national parks and their inhabitants, land use, and the country’s natural resources.




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Noncareer Appointment The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency dedicated to fish and wildlife management and conservation. The Director, among their many functions, oversees the application of scientific information and research to the management and recovery of endangered species; the administration of National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries; and the management of migratory birds. It is imperative that this position be filled by someone who understands and appreciates science, which is the cornerstone of good wildlife conservation and management. By statute, the Fish and Wildlife Service director must be knowledgeable in the principles of fisheries and wildlife management, through scientific education and experience [6 U.S.C. 742(b)].




Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service


Noncareer Appointment The Science Advisor to the Director of the U.S. National Park Service is the scientist who provides scientific input to policy and operations for leadership in the National Park Service. The Science Advisor is a working scientist who reports to the Service’s Director, providing daily advice, leads special science initiatives and serving as an advisor on all research and policy related activities. The U.S. National Park Service is a resource management agency that uses science to protect the country’s 423 national parks and conserve the national parks’ natural and cultural resources.