OSTP Compliance Guidelines

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Mission of the Office of Science and Technology Policy

The Office of Science and Technology Policy's mission is set out in the National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976 (Public Law 94-282, OSTP Organic Statute). It calls for OSTP to:

Serve as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the Federal Government.

The Act authorizes OSTP to:

  • Advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the impacts of science and technology on domestic and international affairs;
  • Lead an interagency effort to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets;
  • Work with the private sector to ensure Federal investments in science and technology contribute to economic prosperity, environmental quality, and national security;
  • Build strong partnerships among Federal, State, and local governments, other countries, and the scientific community;
  • Evaluate the scale, quality, and effectiveness of the Federal effort in science and technology.

OSTP's Senate-confirmed Director also serves as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this role, the Director co-chairs the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and supports the President's National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).

A Senate-confirmed Associate Director leads each of OSTP's four divisions covering the areas of Environment, National Security and International Affairs, Science, and Technology.