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Why President Trump Needs to Finally Name a Science Advisor

| Apr. 05, 2017

During the eight years I served as President Obama's science advisor and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), people not closely familiar with how the executive branch works often asked me why these roles exist: "Why does the president need a science advisor and a whole White House office focused on science and technology policy? What do they do?"

Every US president starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt in his third term has had a senior scientist or engineer advising him directly....

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For Academic Citation: Holdren, John P.“Why President Trump Needs to Finally Name a Science Advisor.” Stat, April 5, 2017.

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John P. Holdren