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National Science and Technology Council

The National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) was established by Executive Order on November 23, 1993. This Cabinet-level Council is the principal means within the executive branch to coordinate science and technology policy across the diverse entities that make up the Federal research and development enterprise. Chaired by the President, the membership of the NSTC is made up of the Vice President, Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Heads with significant science and technology responsibilities, and other White House officials.  In practice, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Policy oversees the NSTC’s ongoing activities.

A primary objective of the NSTC is the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas spanning virtually all the mission areas of the executive branch. The Council prepares research and development strategies that are coordinated across Federal agencies to form investment packages aimed at accomplishing multiple national goals. The work of the NSTC is organized under five primary committees: Environment, Natural Resources and Sustainability; Homeland and National Security; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education; Science; and Technology. Each of these committees oversees subcommittees and working groups focused on different aspects of science and technology and working to coordinate across the federal government.

For additional information concerning the work of the National Science and Technology Council please send an e-mail to: NSTC@OSTP.eop.gov.


NSTC Members

NSTC Members

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NSTC Executive Order

Executive Order 12881 of November 23, 1993 As Amended
Establishment of the National Science and Technology Council

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the law of the United Stated of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Establishment. There is established the National Science and Technology Council ("the Council").

Section 2. Membership. The Council shall comprise the: 

(a) President, who shall serve as Chairman of the Council; 

(b) Vice President; 

(c) Secretary of Commerce; 

(d) Secretary of Defense; 

(e) Secretary of Energy; 

(f) Secretary of Health and Human Services; 

(g) Secretary of State; 

(h) Secretary of the Interior; 

(i) Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration; 

(j) Director, National Science Foundation; 

(k) Director of the Office of Management and Budget; 

(l) Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency; 

(m) Assistant to the President for Science and Technology; 

(n) National Security Adviser; 

(o) Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; 

(p) Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy

(q) Secretary of Agriculture

(r) Secretary of Labor

(s) Secretary of Transportation

(t) Secretary of Education

(u) Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

(v) Director of Central Intelligence

(w) Director of the National Institutes of Health

(x) Department of Homeland Security; and 

(y) Such other officials of executive departments and agencies as the President may, from time to time, designate.

Section 3. Meetings of the Council. The President or, upon his direction, the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology ("the Assistant"), may convene meetings of the Council. The President shall preside over the meetings of the Council, provided that in his absence the Vice President, and in his absence the Assistant, will preside.

Section 4. Functions.

(a) The principal functions of the Council are, to the extent permitted by law: 

  1. to coordinate the science and technology policy-making process; 
  2. to ensure science and technology policy decisions and programs are consistent with the President's stated goals; 
  3. to help integrate the President's science and technology policy agenda across the Federal Government; 
  4. to ensure science and technology are considered in development and implementation of Federal policies and programs; and 
  5. to further international cooperation in science and technology. 

The Assistant may take such actions, including drafting a Charter, as may be necessary or appropriate to implement such functions. 

(b) All executive department and agencies, whether or not represented on the Council, shall coordinate science and technology policy through the council and shall share information on research and development budget requests with the council. 

(c) The Council shall develop for submission to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget recommendations on research and development budgets that reflect national goals. In addition, the Council shall provide advice to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget concerning the agencies' research and development budget submissions. 
(d) The Assistant will, when appropriate, work in conjunction with the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and the National Security Adviser.

Section 5. Administration. 

(a) The Council will oversee the duties of the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering, and Technology, the National Space Council, and the National Critical Materials Council. 

(b) The Council may function through established or ad hoc committees, task forces, or interagency groups. 

(c) To the extent practicable and permitted by law, executive departments and agencies shall make resources, including, but not limited to, personnel, office support, and printing, available to the Council as requested by the Assistant. 

(d) All executive departments and agencies shall cooperate with the Council and provide such assistance, information, and advice to the Council as the Council may request, to the extent permitted by law.

THE WHITE HOUSE
November 23, 1993

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NSTC Committees

The five primary committees of the National Science and Technology Council are:

  • Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability (CENRS)
  • Homeland and National Security (CHNS)
  • Science (CoS)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (CoSTEM)
  • Technology (CoT)

An NSTC organizational chart, with the appropriate subcommittees for each committee, is linked to below:

NSTC Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability

Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability [PDF]

Co-Chairs:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Secretary:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

Organizational Members:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution

Also represented on the CENRS:

  • Council of Economic Advisors
  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Domestic Policy Council
  • National Economic Council
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Cooperating departments and agencies include:

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • other Executive organizations, departments and agencies as the co-chairs may designate

Sub-groups of the CENRS:

NSTC Committee on Homeland & National Security

Committee on Homeland & National Security Charter

Co-Chairs:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Secretary

  • Department of Homeland Security

Organizational Members:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

Also represented on the CHNS:

  • Domestic Policy Council
  • Homeland Security Council
  • National Economic Council
  • National Security Council
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Office of the Vice President

Cooperating departments and agencies include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Patent and Trademark Office

Sub-groups of the CHNS:

  • AAD: Astronomical Assets and Data (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • BDRD: Biological Defense Research & Development (Subcommittee)
  • CDRD: Chemical Defense Research & Development (Subcommittee)
  • CISR: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (Subcommittee)
  • DAMIEN: Detecting & Mitigating the Impact of Earth-Bound Near Earth Objects (Interagency Working Group)
  • D-IED: Domestic IEDs (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • NDRD: Nuclear Defense Research & Development (Subcommittee)
  • NSL RDT&E F&I: National Security Laboratory, Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation Facilities and Infrastructure (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • SCORE: Subcommittee on Special Cyber Operations Research and Engineering (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • SOS-CBRNE: Standards (Subcommittee)

NSTC Committee on Science

NSTC Committee on Science Charter [PDF]

Co-Chairs:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Secretary:

  • Environmental Protection Agency

Organizational Members:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • Smithsonian Institution

Also represented on the Committee on Science:

  • Council on Environmental Quality
  • Domestic Policy Council
  • National Economic Council
  • National Security Staff
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Office of the Vice President

Sub-Committees of the Committee on Science

  • IWGMI: Medical Imaging (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • LSSC: LIfe Science (Subcommittee)
    • Microbiome (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • IWGN: Neuroscience (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • PSSC: Physical Science (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • SBS: Social and Behavioral Sciences (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
    • Language and Communication (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
    • Research Business Models (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • SFA: Subcommittee on Food and Agriculture (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • SMDIS: Strengthening the Medicolegal Death Investigation System (Interagency Working Group)
  • Subcommittee on International Issues (Subcommittee) | Charter [PDF]
  • IWGOS: Open Science (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • Taskforce on Forensic Science Research and Development

NSTC Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education

The Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (CoSTEM) was established in 2011 as called for by the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010.  The purpose of the CoSTEM is to coordinate Federal programs and activities in support of STEM education.

Co-Chairs:

  • Director, National Science Foundation
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Secretary:

  • National Science Foundation

Organizational Members:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration

CoSTEM Sub-committees and Products

FC-STEM: FEDERAL COORDINATION IN STEM EDUCATION (TASK FORCE)Charter [PDF]

Reports

Sub-Committees of the FC-STEM:

  • Broadening Participation in STEM (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • Computer Science for All (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • Engagement: Youth and Public Engagement in STEM (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • Grad Ed: Graduate STEM Education (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • P-12: Preschool-12th Grade STEM Education (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]
  • Undergrad: Undergraduate STEM Education (Interagency Working Group) | Charter [PDF]

NSTC Committee on Technology

NSTC Committee on Technology Charter [PDF]

Chair:

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Executive Secretary:

  •  Office of Science and Technology Policy

Organizational Members:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Defense
  • Directorate for Defense Research and Engineering
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Treasury
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Also represented on the Committee on Technology:

  • National Economic Council
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

Membership also includes other Executive organizations, departments and agencies as the Co-Chairs may designate.

Sub-groups of the Committee on Technology:

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NSTC Documents & Reports

OSTP has not yet released any NSTC reports during this Administration. Please check back for updates.

Please click here for an Archive of NSTC Archives since 1994

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Contact Us

General Contact Information:

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
1650 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20504
Phone: 202-456-4444

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