In 2004, an ad hoc committee was charged with preparing this third report examining the most senior S&T appointments to federal government positions and updating the accompanying list of the most urgent S&T presidential appointments. Sufficient changes have occurred since the National Academies 2000 report on presidential appointments—including the 2001 terrorist attacks, the anthrax deaths, the reorganization of homeland-security activities in the federal government, new developments in S&T, and concerns about the politicization of S&T decision making and advice—to warrant this new edition. In contrast with previous reports on the subject, this one covers not only presidential appointments to top S&T leadership positions but also the appointment of scientists, engineers, and health professionals to serve on federal advisory committees that focus on science-based policy or on the review of research proposals. The committee recognizes that other areas of federal responsibility are as important as S&T, but S&T appointments are the only ones within its purview.
National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. 2005. Science and Technology in the National Interest: Ensuring the Best Presidential and Federal Advisory Committee Science and Technology Appointments. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11152.
|Presidential Science and Technology Appointments
|Science and Technology Appointments to Federal Advisory Committees
|Appendix A Committee and Staff Biographic Information
|Appendix B The 2000 Recommendations: A Status Report
|Appendix C Presidential Appointments Requiring the Advice and Consent of the Senate: Background and Current Issues
|Appendix D How Much is Enough? Setting Pay for Presidential Appointees
|Appendix E Federal Advisory Committees: Background and Current Issues
|Appendix F Political and Professional Considerations in the Appointment of Federal Advisory Committee Members
|Appendix G A Decision-Maker’s Guide to Science Advising
|Appendix H Description of Procedures for Gathering Call for Comments
|Appendix I Bibliography
|Appendix J Preemployment Requirements and Post-employment Restrictions
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