Federal Science Leadership Tracker

 

The Federal Science Leadership Tracker is an index of high-level federal officials that have responsibility for appropriating funds, setting policy, or managing programs relevant to the physical sciences. The tracker currently contains information about the chairmen and ranking members of selected congressional committees as well as selected Senate-confirmed positions and other leadership positions at key agencies.

This resource is updated on an ongoing basis as new leaders emerge, current appointees depart, and nominees make their way through the Senate confirmation process. Additional committees, agencies, and leadership positions may be added in the future.

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Executive Branch Leaders: Trump Administration | Obama Administration

Congressional Leaders: 115th Congress | 114th Congress

 

White House

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy
 
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, Energy and Environment
 
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, National Security and International Affairs
 
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, Science
 
Vacant
 
   
Associate Director, Technology
 
Vacant
 
   

 

DOE

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Secretary of Energy
 

Nomination: 01/2017

Hearing: 01/2017

Committee Vote: 01/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by vote of 62-37 on 03/02/2017

Deputy Secretary
 

Nomination: 04/2017

Hearing: 05/2017

Committee Vote: 06/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by vote of 79-17 on 08/03/2017

Under Secretary of Energy
 
 

Mark Menezes

Nomination: 07/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Committee Vote: 08/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Under Secretary for Science
 

Nomination: 07/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Committee Vote: 08/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Director, Office of Science
Steve Binkley (Acting)
 
   
Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Eric Rohlfing (Acting)
 
   
Assistant Secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
 
   
Assistant Secretary, Nuclear Energy
 
   
Assistant Secretary, Fossil Energy
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/02/2017

Assistant Secretary, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
 
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 10/05/2017

 

National Nuclear Security Administration

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator

2014–
 

Lisa Gordon-Hagerty

Nomination: 12/2017
Principal Deputy Administrator
 
Vacant
 
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Programs
 
   
Deputy Administrator, Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation
 
   

 

NASA

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Administrator
 
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

Renomination: 01/2018

Deputy Administrator
 
Vacant
 
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

Associate Administrator, Science Mission Directorate
 
2016–
Chief Scientist
Gale Allen (Acting)
 
Astrophysics Director
2012–
Planetary Science Director
2006–
Earth Science Director
2006–
Heliophysics Director
 
Margaret Luce (acting)
 

 

NSF

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director*
2014–
   
Deputy Director
 
Vacant
 
 
 
   
*Note: The NSF director is appointed for a six-year term.

 

Other Leadership Positions

National Science Board Chair
2016–
National Science Board Vice Chair
2016–
Math and Physical Sciences Director
 
Geosciences Director
2017–
Computer and Information Science and Engineering Director
2014–
Engineering Director
2017–
Biological Sciences Director
2014–
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Director
2014–
Education and Human Resources Director
 
 

 

NIH

Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Director
2009–
  President Trump announced on 06/06/2017 that Francis Collins, who was appointed by President Obama, would continue to serve as NIH director.

 

NOAA/NIST

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
NOAA Administrator
 
 
 

Nomination: 10/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 12/2017

Renomination: 01/2018

Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Atmosphere
 
 
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 09/05/2017

Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation and Prediction
 
Stephen Volz (Acting)
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Committee Vote: 11/2017

NIST Director
 
 

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 09/2017

Committee Vote: 10/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 10/05/2017

 

Other Leadership Positions

NOAA Chief Scientist
Craig McLean (Acting)
 
NOAA Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
2015–
NIST Associate Director for Lab Programs
 

 

DOD

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Under Secretary for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
 
 

Nomination: 06/2017

Hearing: 07/2017

Floor vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 08/01/2017

Under Secretary for Research and Engineering
 
Vacant (New Position)
 
 
 

Nomination to be principal deputy under secretary of defense for AT&L: 10/2017

Nomination to be under secretary of defense for research and engineering: 12/2017

Assistant Secretary for Research and Engineering
Mary Miller (Acting)
 
   
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition
 

James Geurts

Nomination: 09/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/16/2017

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition
 

William Roper

Nomination: 01/2018
Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics
 

Bruce Jette

Nomination: 10/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Floor Vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 12/20/2017

Assistant Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs
 
 

Guy Roberts

Nomination: 07/2017

Hearing: 11/2017

Floor vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 11/16/2017

 

Other Leadership Positions

DARPA Director
2017–
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Director
2016–
Naval Research Lab Commanding Officer
 
Chief of Naval Research
2016–
Army Research Lab Director
2017–
Basic Research Office Director
 
Vacant
 

 

DOI

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Assistant Secretary for Water and Science
Timothy Petty
 
 

Timothy Petty

Nomination: 11/2017

Hearing: 12/2017

Floor vote: Confirmed by voice vote on 12/21/2017

 

USGS Director
 
 

 

 

 

State

Selected Senate-Confirmed Positions

Current Occupant Nominee Actions
Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science
 
Judith Garber (Acting)
 
   

 

Other Leadership Positions

S&T Adviser to the Secretary of State
 
Vacant
 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health
 
2011–