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The White House
For Immediate Release

Aneesh Chopra Testifies Before Commerce Committee


Obama Nominee for OSTP Associate Director for Technology
Calls for Commitment to a “Culture of Innovation”

Aneesh Chopra, President Obama’s nominee for the position of Associate Director for Technology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, today called for a new era in which technology helps solve many of society’s most pressing problems.

“I draw inspiration from my father who instilled in me the values of intellectual rigor, personal excellence and public service,” Chopra said during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. “If confirmed by the Senate, I intend to channel that passion to execute on the President’s vision for a 21st Century economy – harnessing the power and potential of new technologies to extend new opportunity to more Americans.”


OSTP was created by Congress in 1976 to serve as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans, and programs of the federal government. Specifically, OSTP is authorized to:

  • Advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the impacts of science and technology on domestic and international affairs
  • Lead interagency efforts to develop and implement sound science and technology policies and budgets
  • Work with the private sector to ensure that federal investments in science and technology contribute to economic prosperity, environmental quality, and national security
  • Build strong partnerships among the federal government; state and local governments; other countries; and the scientific community
  • Evaluate the scale, quality, and effectiveness of the federal effort in science and technology

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