Federal Science Leadership Tracker

 

The Federal Science Leadership Tracker is an index of high-level federal officials that have responsibility for appropriating funds, setting policy, or managing programs relevant to the physical sciences.

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The tracker currently contains information about the chairmen and ranking members of selected congressional committees as well as selected Senate-confirmed positions and other leadership positions at key agencies. Additional committees, agencies, and leadership positions may be added in the future.

This page is updated on an ongoing basis as new leaders emerge, current appointees depart, and nominees make their way through the Senate confirmation process.

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Appropriations Committees

Selected Committee Leaders in the 114th Congress

House Appropriations Committee

Chair Ranking Member


Nita Lowey (D-NY)

 

Senate Appropriations Committee

Chair Ranking Member


 

House Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member


Mike Honda (D-CA)

 

Senate Commerce, Justice, and Science Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member


 

House Energy and Water Development Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member


 

Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member


 

Authorization Committees

Selected Committee Leaders in the 114th Congress

House Science, Space, and Technology

Chair Ranking Member

Since 2013

Since 2010

 

Subcommittees Chair Ranking Member
Research & Technology

Energy

Space

Environment

 

Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation 

Chair Ranking Member

John Thune (R-ND)
Since 2015

Since 2015

 

Space, Science, and Competitiveness Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member

Ted Cruz (R-TX)

 

Oceans, Atmosphere, and Fisheries Subcommittee

Chair Ranking Member


 

House Energy and Commerce Committee

Chair Ranking Member

Fred Upton (R-MI)

 

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Chair Ranking Member


OSTP

Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2009–2017
   
Associate Director, Energy & Environment
Sherburne Abbott
2009–2011
Principal Assistant Director: Tamara Dickinson*
   
Associate Director, National Security & International Affairs
2012–2015
Principal Assistant Director: Steve Fetter*
   
Associate Director, Science

2014–2017
   
Associate Director, Technology
2009–2012
Deputy Director: Tom Kalil*
   

*Top ranking non-Senate-confirmed official in this division.

DOE

Selected Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Secretary
2013–2017
 

Nomination: 12/16 (FYI)

Hearing:

Confirmation:

Deputy Secretary
2014–2017
   
Under Secretary, Science & Energy
2014–2017
   
Director, Office of Science
2015–2017
   
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

2014–2017
   
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
2012–2016
Acting Assistant Secretary: David Friedman*
   
Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
Peter Lyons
2011–2015
Acting Assistant Secretary: John Kotek*
   
Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy

2014–2017
   
Assistant Secretary, Environmental Management
2015–2017
   
Assistant Secretary, Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
2010–2017
   

*Top ranking non-Senate-confirmed official in this division.

NNSA

Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator

2014–
   
Principal Deputy Administration
2014–2017
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Programs
2010–20XX
Acting Deputy Administrator: Phillip Calbos*
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
2010–2017
   

*Top ranking non-Senate-confirmed official in this division.

 

NASA

Selected Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
2009–2017
   
Deputy Administrator
2015–2017
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

Chief Scientist

2013–2017
Associate Administrator
Science Mission Directorate
2016–
Astrophysics Director
2012–
Planetary Science Director
2006–
Earth Science Director
2006–
Heliophysics Director
2015–

 

NSF

Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2014–
   
Deputy Director
2011–2014
   

* Six-year term

 

Other Leadership Positions

National Science Board Chair
2016–
National Science Board Vice Chair
2016–
Assistant Director
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
2013–2017
Assistant Director
Geosciences
2012–2017
Assistant Director
Computer & Information Science & Engineering
2014–
Assistant Director
Engineering
2013–2016
Acting Assistant Director: Grace Wang
Assistant Director
Biological Sciences
2014–
Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
2014–
Assistant Director
Education & Human Resources
2011–

 

Commerce

Selected Senate Confirmed Positions

Current or Previous Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
2014–2017
   
Assistant Secretary
Environmental Observation & Prediction
2015–2017
   
Director
National Institute of Standards and Technology
2015–2017
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

NOAA Chief Scientist
2014–
Assistant Administrator
NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
2015–
Associate Director
NIST Laboratory Programs
2015–