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Office of Science and Technology Policy

Congress established the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the EOP on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The mission of OSTP is threefold: first, to provide the President and his senior staff with accurate, relevant, and timely scientific and technical advice on all matters of consequence; second, to ensure that the policies of the Executive Branch are informed by sound science; and third, to ensure that the scientific and technical work of the Executive Branch is properly coordinated so as to provide the greatest benefit to society. OSTP co-chairs the National Ocean Council, along with CEQ.