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 Leaders: Trump Administration | Obama Administration

Congressional Leaders: 115th Congress | 114th Congress

 

White House

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
Ted Wackler (Acting)
   
Associate Director, Energy & Environment
Vacant
   
Associate Director, National Security & International Affairs
Vacant
   
Associate Director, Science
Vacant
   
Associate Director, Technology
Vacant
   

 

Energy Department

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Secretary of Energy
 

Nomination: 01/2017 (FYI)

Hearing: 01/2017 (FYI)

Committee Vote: 17-6

Floor Vote:

Deputy Secretary
Vacant
   
Under Secretary, Science & Energy
Vacant
   
Director, Office of Science
Steve Binkley (Acting)
   
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Eric Rohlfing (Acting)
   
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
Steven Chalk (Acting)
   
Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
   
Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy
Vacant
   
Assistant Secretary, Environmental Management
Susan Cange (Acting)
   
Assistant Secretary, Electricity Delivery & Energy Reliability
   

 

National Nuclear Security Administration

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
2014–
   
Principal Deputy Administrator
Vacant
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Programs
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
   

 

Organization Charts

Unit Date
Full Department 05/2016 01/2017
Office of Science 11/2016 01/2017
National Nuclear Security Administration   02/2017
Office of Nuclear Energy   Undated
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy   01/2017
Office of Fossil Energy   01/2017
Office of Environmental Management   01/2017

 

NASA

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
   
Deputy Administrator
Lesa Roe (Acting)
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

Associate Administrator
Science Mission Directorate
2016–
Chief Scientist
Gale Allen (Acting)
Astrophysics Director
2012–
Planetary Science Director
2006–
Earth Science Director
2006–
Heliophysics Director
2015–

 

Organization Charts

Unit Date
Full Agency 11/2015
Science Mission Directorate 12/2016

 

National Science Foundation

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2014–
   
Deputy Director
Vacant
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

National Science Board Chair
2016–
National Science Board Vice Chair
2016–
Assistant Director
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Assistant Director
Geosciences
2012–2017
Assistant Director
Computer & Information Science & Engineering
2014–
Assistant Director
Engineering
Barry Johnson (Acting)
Assistant Director
Biological Sciences
2014–
Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
2014–
Assistant Director
Education & Human Resources

 

Organization Charts

Unit Date
Full Agency 09/2016 02/2017

 

National Institutes of Health

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2009–
   

 

Commerce Department

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
   
Assistant Secretary
Environmental Observation & Prediction
Stephen Volz (Acting)
   
Director
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Kent Rochford (Acting)
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

NOAA Chief Scientist
Craig McLean (Acting)
Assistant Administrator
NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
2015–
Associate Director
NIST Laboratory Programs

 

Defense Department

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Under Secretary, Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics
   
Principal Under Secretary, AT&L
Vacant
   
Assistant Secretary, Research & Engineering
Mary Miller (Acting)
   

 

State Department

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs
Judith Garber (Acting)
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

S&T Adviser to the Secretary of State
2015–
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Science, Space, & Health
2011–