Today, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Director Dr. John Holdren and U.S. Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Megan Smith are releasing an Exit Memo that highlights the profound impact President Obama’s leadership has had reinvigorating the American scientific and technological enterprise, including to help build a more effective, efficient, and innovative government. The OSTP Exit Memo also offers an overview of science and technology frontiers and calls for actions needed in the years ahead to include all Americans in driving continued innovation and progress across those frontiers.
On January 20, 2009, President Obama pledged to restore science to its rightful place. Coming into office, the President committed to reinvigorating the American scientific enterprise through a strong commitment to basic and applied research, innovation, and education; to restoring integrity to science policy; and most importantly, to making decisions on the basis of evidence, rather than ideology.
Under President Obama’s leadership, America continues to lead the world in innovation, developing the industries of the future and harnessing science and technology to help address important challenges. In the last 8 years, President Obama’s broad science, technology, and innovation agenda has had a profound impact in setting the stage for new industries and continued innovation in the years ahead, by building U.S. talent and capacity in science and technology; making the long-term investments that will continue to power American innovation; upgrading government science and technology capabilities; and setting ambitious goals that inspire and harness the ingenuity and creativity of the American people.
OSTP’s Exit Memo highlights 20 science and technology frontiers where future investment and cross-sector collaboration will drive American innovation in the decades ahead, including:
Looking ahead, Director Holdren and CTO Smith offer 10 actions that are needed in the near term to broaden participation in the science, technology, and innovation that can drive prosperity for all Americans in the coming decades. These actions include:
All of us at OSTP have been honored to serve the American people and to serve President Obama—our Science, Technology, and Innovation President. And we are so grateful to the science and technology community for their continued collaboration, ingenuity, and commitment to building a healthier, more prosperous, and more equitable America. As CTO Smith and Director Holdren note, we are especially thankful for their “shared passion for broadening participation, especially among our youth, to field the whole American team in pursuing the frontiers that will increase prosperity, opportunity, justice, health, and security for all.”
Cristin Dorgelo is Chief of Staff at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.