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

Latest Blog Posts

  • Improving Transparency and Ensuring Continued Safety in Biotechnology

    While the current regulatory system for biotechnology products effectively protects health and the environment, advances in science and technology since 1992 have been altering the product landscape. That's why today the White House is issuing a memorandum directing the three Federal agencies that have oversight responsibilities for these products— EPA, FDA, and USDA—to develop a long-term strategy to ensure that the system is prepared for the future products of biotechnology, and commission an expert analysis of the future landscape of biotechnology products to support this effort.

  • Seven Days of Making!

    From June 12-18, individuals of all ages and backgrounds celebrated a National Week of Making: at the White House, in our Nation's capital, and beyond.

  • We The Geeks: Made With Pride

    Announcing an upcoming maker- and LGBT-focused installment of "We The Geeks!"

  • Honoring Outstanding Mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

    Yesterday, President Obama met with 14 scientists and engineers and the representatives of a STEM mentoring organization who exemplify what it means to be an effective STEM mentor: the latest winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).

  • Unleashing Climate Data and Tools to Empower America’s Transportation Sector

    Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative and the Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Obama Administration is providing data and tools that will help ensure our nation’s transportation systems are more resilient to the effects of climate change.

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