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FYI covers the administration’s budget requests, executive orders, and other physical science-related statements. FYI also covers many of the activities of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and National Science and Technology Council.

May 12, 2021

Eric Lander, tapped in January to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, is now one of President Biden's last Cabinet officials yet to be confirmed. At his nomination hearing last month, Lander addressed controversies that prompted concerns among senators and defended his commitment to equity.

April 12, 2021

President Biden is asking Congress to jumpstart budgets for R&D programs across non-defense agencies in fiscal year 2022, with a focus on those connected to climate science, clean energy innovation, biomedical research, and emerging technologies.

April 7, 2021

Federal agencies are expanding disclosure requirements for the scientists they fund in response to a new research security policy from the White House, but are facing pushback from university groups concerned about the scope of information sought.

March 31, 2021

President Biden unveiled an infrastructure plan today that proposes spending more than $200 billion to boost the R&D capacity of the U.S., including by creating a technology-focused directorate within the National Science Foundation and a new national lab focused on climate.

February 5, 2021

President Biden has set in motion a wide-ranging review of federal scientific integrity policies and directed agencies to bolster their efforts to support evidence-based decision making. 

February 3, 2021

Science policy was subject to a variety of pressures during the Trump administration, not least during the COVID-19 pandemic, though many science programs have thrived nonetheless, owing to bipartisan support in Congress.

January 22, 2021

FYI presents its annual list of 10 science policy stories to watch in the year ahead.

January 20, 2021

President Biden has selected geneticist Eric Lander to be his science advisor and elevated the position to Cabinet rank. Sociologist Alondra Nelson will occupy a new White House job focused on “science and society,” and Caltech’s Frances Arnold and MIT’s Maria Zuber will chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

January 14, 2021

President-elect Biden is continuing to assemble his climate policy team, which now comprises two senior White House officials, an array of supporting staff members, and Cabinet secretaries engaged with climate-related issues. 

December 9, 2020

President-elect Biden announced key picks for public health positions in his administration yesterday and will soon build out his climate policy team.