Obama Administration Leaders

 

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
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
2009–2017
Associate Director, Energy & Environment
Sherburne Abbott
2009–2011
Associate Director, National Security & International Affairs
2012–2015
Associate Director, Science

2014–2017
Associate Director, Technology
2009–2012

 

DOE

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions
Secretary
2013–2017
 
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
Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
Peter Lyons
2011–2015
Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy

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

 

National Nuclear Security Administration

Senate-Confirmed Positions
Administrator

2014–2018
Principal Deputy Administrator
2014–2017
Deputy Administrator, Defense Programs
2010–20XX
Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
2010–2017

 

NASA

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions
Administrator
2009–2017
Deputy Administrator
2015–2017

 

Other Leadership Positions
Associate Administrator
Science Mission Directorate
2016–
Chief Scientist

2013–2017
Astrophysics Director
2012–
Planetary Science Director
2006–
Earth Science Director
2006–
Heliophysics Director
2015–2017

 

NSF

Senate-Confirmed Positions
Director
2014–
Deputy Director
2011–2014

 

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
Assistant Director
Biological Sciences
2014–2018
Assistant Director
Social, Behavioral, & Economic Sciences
2014–
Assistant Director
Education & Human Resources
2011–2017

 

NIH

Senate-Confirmed Positions
Director
2009–

 

NOAA/NIST

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions
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
2014–2017
Assistant Administrator
NOAA Office of Oceanic & Atmospheric Research
2015–
Associate Director
NIST Laboratory Programs
2015–2018

 

DOD

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions
Under Secretary, Acquisition, Technology, & Logistics
2012–2017
Principal Deputy Under Secretary, AT&L
2013–2017
Assistant Secretary, Research & Engineering
2015–2017

 

State

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Oceans & International Environmental & Scientific Affairs
2009–2014

 

Other Leadership Positions
S&T Adviser to the Secretary of State
2015–2017
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Science, Space, & Health
2011–