Letter to President to Appoint OSTP Officials

May 25, 2017

The Honorable Donald J. Trump

President of the United States

The White House

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear Mr. President,

The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly encourage you to nominate highly-qualified individuals to serve as Director and in other key roles in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). These important positions have remained vacant since your inauguration and we urge you to fill them as quickly as possible.

As part of the Executive Office of the President, OSTP is a crucial organization that directs Federal efforts across all science agencies in setting science and technology budgets and other priorities. Its leadership plays an important role in enhancing education; advancing knowledge; improving human health and saving lives; strengthening national security; and growing our economy.

In recent years, for example, OSTP has been directly involved in the response to the Zika outbreak; promoting cybersecurity; addressing U.S. infrastructure needs with geospatial data; combatting antibiotic resistance; developing a robust U.S. space policy; and supporting advanced manufacturing. Given the many challenges facing our nation, your Administration would greatly benefit from a cadre of experts advising on these topics and others.

We applaud you for making workforce development a priority since you took office in January. As you are probably aware, over one-fifth of American jobs require a high level of knowledge in at least one STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. By appointing strong leaders in OSTP, your Administration can focus on these fast-growing sectors and augment our nation’s standing as a leader in global innovation.

All of your predecessors since Eisenhower – Democrats and Republicans alike – have been well-served by science advisors who were highly respected by their peers, and we hope you will select someone of the caliber of these recent OSTP Directors as your Science Advisor. We would welcome an opportunity to discuss OSTP appointments with your staff.


Academy of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Research

American Anthropological Association

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Geographers

American Association of Physics Teachers 2

American Chemical Society

American Educational Research Association

American Geophysical Union

American Geosciences Institute

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

American Institute of Biological Sciences

American Mathematical Society

American Physical Society

American Political Science Association

American Psychological Association

American Society for Engineering Education

American Society of Agronomy

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

American Sociological Association

American Statistical Association

Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography

Association for Women in Mathematics

Association of American Medical Colleges

Association of American Universities

Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Association of Population Centers

Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

Association of Research Libraries

Association of Science – Technology Centers

Brandeis University

Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Consortium of Social Science Associations

Council of Graduate Schools

Council on Undergraduate Research

Crop Science Society of America

Ecological Society of America

Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology

Indiana University

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Institute of Mathematical Statistics

Michigan State University

Museum of Science, Boston

National Association of Colleges and Employers

National Center for Technological Literacy

National Communication Association

National Ground Water Association

National Science Teachers Association

OSA – The Optical Society3

Penn State University

Phycological Society of America

Population Association of America

Seismological Society of America

Social Psychology Network

Soil Science Society of America

STEM Education Coalition

TODOS: Mathematics for All

University Consortium for Geographic Information Science

University of Oregon


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