President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade with John Holdren, Nov. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Request for Information: Exploring the Use of APIs to Improve Access to Education Resources

    Despite the growing amount of information about higher education, many students and families still need access to clear, helpful resources to make informed decisions about going to – and paying for – college. President Obama has called for innovation in college access, including by making sure all students have easy-to-understand information.

    Now, the U.S. Department of Education needs your input on specific ways that we can increase innovation, transparency, and access to data. In particular, we are interested in how APIs (application programming interfaces) could make our data and processes more open and efficient.

  • Inspiring the Next Generation of Innovators: President Obama Honors the Nation's Cutting-Edge Scientists and Engineers

    A group of leading researchers were honored yesterday at the White House as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), which is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

    After receiving their awards in a ceremony at the U.S. Department of Agriculture with agency officials, friends, and relatives—a ceremony keynoted by OSTP Director John Holdren—the group of 102 ambitious scientists and engineers were greeted at the White House by President Obama who thanked them for their outstanding achievements.

  • Statement by John P. Holdren on the IPCC's Working Group Report on Climate-Change Mitigation

    Statement by Assistant to the President for Science & Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy Dr. John P. Holdren on the Release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group III Report on climate-change mitigation.

  • The Impact of Open Data

    Freely available data from the U.S. Government is an important national resource, serving as fuel for entrepreneurship, innovation, scientific discovery, and other public benefits. According to a recent report, open data can generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value in key sectors of the global economy, including education, health, transportation, and electricity.

  • U.S. Global Development Lab Launches to Develop and Scale Solutions to Global Challenges

    Imagine a world in which diagnostics for diseases that are prevalent in developing countries are available at pennies per use, renewable off-grid energy services are affordable for households earning less than $2/day, and every family has enough healthy food to eat. USAID is helping to turn these ideas into realities by launching the U.S. Global Development Lab.

FEATURED TOPICS

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:

  • Progress Report
  • Text of the President's Speech
  • Weekly Address
  • Infographic
  • Fact Sheet
  • The Climate Action Plan
  • OSTP Blog Post
  • What Business Leaders are Saying



    OPEN DATA:
    On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:

  • White House Blog Post
  • Statements of Support
  • Project Open Data
  • Executive Order
  • Open Data Policy



    2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
    On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:

  • Videos from the Science Fair
  • President Obama's Remarks
  • Science Fair Fact Sheet
  • White House Blog Post



    STEM EDUCATION:
    On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:

  • OSTP Blog Post
  • White House Blog Post
  • Video: SoSTEM Event



  • PRESSROOM

    March 30, 2014 - Statement by OSTP Director John P. Holdren on Approval of the IPCC's Climate-Impacts Report

    March 4, 2014 - Press Release: The FY 2015 Science and Technology R&D Budget

    January 14, 2014 - Fact Sheet: White House Safety Datapalooza

    January 10, 2014 - Media Advisory: White House Safety Datapalooza

    December 18, 2013 - PCAST Releases Letter Report on Education Technology

    November 20, 2013 - Press Release: White House & "Warriors 4 Wireless" Partners Announce New Commitment to Connect Veterans to High-Tech Jobs

    November 13, 2013 - Statement of Todd Park to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives

    November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Progress by Federal Agencies: Data to Knowledge to Action

    November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: New Announcements: Data to Knowledge to Action

    November 12, 2013 - Press Release: Data to Knowledge to Action Event

    November 7, 2013 - Media Advisory: Data to Knowledge to Action Event

    November 1, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness

    September 27, 2013 - Statement by John P. Holdren on IPCC Physical Science Report

    July 16, 2013 - Media Advisory: PCAST Public Meeting

    June 24, 2013 - Media Advisory: White House Highlights Citizen Scientists at Champions of Change Event

    June 24, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Materials Innovation: Materials Genome Initiative Turns Two

    June 18, 2013 - Press Release: White House to Highlight Open Science “Champions of Change”

    May 9, 2013 - Press Release: Obama Administration Releases Historic Open Data Rules to Enhance Government Efficiency and Fuel Economic Growth

    April 29, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Administration Partners with Industry to Get Service Members Credentialed for High-Demand Jobs

    April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

    April 16, 2013 - Press Release: Obama Administration Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

    April 10, 2013 - Press Release: the FY 2014 Federal R&D Budget

    April 2, 2013 - BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet

    March 22, 2013 - PCAST Releases New Climate Report

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