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. 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.

This resource is updated on an ongoing basis as new leaders emerge, current appointees depart, and nominees make their way through the Senate confirmation process. Additional committees, agencies, and leadership positions may be added in the future.

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Executive Branch: Trump Administration | Obama Administration

Congress: 116th | 115th | 114th

 

White House

Senate-Confirmed Positions*

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy

Nomination: 08/2018

Hearing: 08/2018

Committee Vote: 09/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 01/02/2019

U.S. Chief Technology Officer

Nomination: 03/2019

Hearing: 07/2019

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 08/01/2019

Associate Director, Energy and Environment
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, National Security and International Affairs
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, Science
Vacant
 
   
* The law that created OSTP authorizes the director to appoint "no more than four" associate directors, which "shall perform such functions as the director may prescribe." The associate director titles listed are those used by the Obama administration.

 

DOE

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Secretary of Energy

Nomination: 11/2019

Hearing: 11/2019    

Committee Vote: 11/2019 

Floor Vote: Confirmed by vote of 70-15 on 12/02/2019

Deputy Secretary
 
Vacant
 
Nomination: 03/2020
Under Secretary of Energy
 

Nomination: 07/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Committee Vote: 08/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Under Secretary for Science

Nomination: 07/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Committee Vote: 08/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Director, Office of Science
 

Nomination: 05/2018

Hearing: 06/2018

Committee Vote: 07/2018

Renominated: 01/2019

Committee Vote: 03/2019

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 05/23/2019

Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Lane Genatowski

Nomination: 07/2018

Hearing: 08/2018

Committee Vote: 08/2018

Renominated: 01/2019

Committee Vote: 03/2019

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 06/27/2019

Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
 

Nomination: 06/2018

Hearing: 06/2018

Committee Vote: 07/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 01/02/2019

Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
 
 

Nomination: 10/2018

Hearing: 10/2018

Committee Vote: 11/2018

Renominated: 01/2019

Committee Vote: 03/2019

Floor Vote: Confirmed by vote of 86 to 5 on 06/20/2019

Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Assistant Secretary, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 10/05/2017

 

National Nuclear Security Administration

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator

Nomination: 12/2017

Hearing: 02/2018

Committee Vote: 02/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 02/15/2018

Principal Deputy Administrator

Nomination: 08/2018

Hearing: 11/2018

Renominated: 01/2019

Committee Vote: 03/2019

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 05/23/2019

Deputy Administrator, Defense Programs
 

Nomination: 02/2018

Hearing: 05/2018

Committee Vote: 05/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 09/18/2018

Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
 

Nomination: 02/2018

Hearing: 03/2018

Committee Vote: 03/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 03/22/2018

 

NASA

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

Renomination: 01/2018

2nd Committee Vote: 01/2018

Floor Vote: 50-49

Deputy Administrator


Nomination: 07/2018

Hearing: 08/2018

Committee Vote: 09/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 10/11/2018

 

Other Leadership Positions

Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate
2016-
Chief Scientist
2018-
Astrophysics Director
2012-
Planetary Science Director
2018-
Earth Science Director
2019-
Heliophysics Director

 

NSF

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director*
(acting)
Nomination: 01/2020
Deputy Director
Vacant
 
 
 
   
*Note: The NSF director is appointed for a six-year term.

 

Other Leadership Positions

National Science Board Chair
2018-
National Science Board Vice Chair
2018-
Math & Physical Sciences Director
2018-
Geosciences Director
2017-
Computer & Information Science & Engineering Director
2020-
Engineering Director
2017-
Biological Sciences Director
2019-
Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences Director
2018-
Education & Human Resources Director
2018-

 

DOD

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Under Secretary for Research and Engineering
 

Nomination to be principal deputy under secretary of defense for AT&L: 10/2017

Nomination to be under secretary of defense for research and engineering: 12/2017

Hearing: 01/2018

Committee vote: 01/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 02/15/2018

Deputy Under Secretary for Research and Engineering

Nomination: 03/2018

Hearing: 05/2018

Committee Vote: 05/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by 98-1 vote on 09/27/2018

Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment

Nomination: 06/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Committee Vote: 07/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 08/01/2017

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/16/2017

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition

Nomination: 01/2018

Hearing: 01/2018

Committee vote: 01/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 02/15/2018

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

Nomination: 10/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 12/20/2017

Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs
 
Alan Shaffer (acting)
 
 

 

 

Other Leadership Positions

Director for Research and Technology, USD(R&E)
JihFen Lei (acting)
2019-
Director for Advanced Capabilities, USD(R&E)
2018-
Director for Modernization, USD(R&E)
2019-
DARPA Director
Peter Highnam (acting)
2020-
DOD Basic Research Office Director
 
Bindu Nair
Air Force Chief Scientist
2018-
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Director
Air Force Research Lab Commander
2020-
Naval Research Lab Director of Research
2016-
Chief of Naval Research
2016-
Army Research Lab Director
2019-
IARPA Director
2019-

 

NOAA

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
NOAA Administrator
Neil Jacobs (acting)
 

Nomination: 01/2020

Hearing: 03/2020

 

Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 09/05/2017

Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 02/15/2018

 

Other Leadership Positions

NOAA Chief Scientist
Craig McLean (acting)
 
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
2015-
National Weather Service Director
2013-
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Service
2014-

 

NIST

Senate-Confirmed Positions

NIST Director
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 10/05/2017

 

Other Leadership Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
NIST Associate Director for Lab Programs
 
NIST Director of Physical Measurement Lab
2019-

 

NIH

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2009-
  President Trump announced on 06/06/2017 that Francis Collins, who was appointed by President Obama, would continue to serve as NIH director.

 

DOI

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Timothy Petty
 

Nomination: 11/2017

Hearing: 12/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 12/21/2017

USGS Director
 

Nomination: 01/2018

Hearing: 03/2018

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 04/09/2018

 

State

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Assistant Secretary for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
 
Jonathan Moore (acting)
 
   
Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation
 
Christopher Ford

Nomination: 10/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 12/21/2017

 

Other Leadership Positions

S&T Adviser to the Secretary of State
2019-
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health
2011-