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About the National Science and Technology Council / OSTP
About the National Science and Technology Council
President Clinton established the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) by Executive Order on
November 23, 1993. This cabinet-level council is the principal means for the President to coordinate science, space,
and technology policies across the Federal Government. NSTC acts as a
"virtual" agency for science and
technology to coordinate the diverse parts of the Federal research and development enterprise. The NSTC is chaired
by the President. Membership consists of the Vice President, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology,
Cabinet Secretaries and Agency Heads with significant science and technology responsibilities, and other senior
White House officials.
An important objective of the NSTC is the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology
investments in areas ranging from information technologies and health research, to improving transportation
systems and strengthening fundamental research. The Council prepares research and development strategies that are
coordinated across the Federal agencies to form an investment package that is aimed at accomplishing multiple
To obtain additional information regarding the NSTC, contact the NSTC Executive Secretariat at 202-456-6100.
About the Office of Science and Technology
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) was established by the National Science and Technology
Policy, Organization, and Priorities Act of 1976. OSTP's responsibilities include advising the President in policy
formulation and budget development on all questions in which science and technology are important elements;
articulating the President's science and technology policies and programs, and fostering strong partnerships among
Federal, State, and local governments, and the scientific communities in industry and academe.
To obtain additional information regarding the OSTP, contact the OSTP
Administrative Office at 202-395-7347.