Government Relations Update July 2022

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By Matthew Hall, Internet2 External Relations Program Manager

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On July 27, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee voted 15-13 to advance the nomination of Dr. Arati Prabhakar, the Biden Administration’s pick to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). 

OSTP has been without a Director since the February 2022 resignation of Dr. Eric Lander following allegations of a toxic work environment. Prabhakar has considerable experience in leading federal agencies with scientific missions, having served as Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) from 2012-2017 and the Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 1993-1997.  With the approval of her nomination by the committee vote, Prabhakar now will be considered by a vote of the full Senate for confirmation of this new role.

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