BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: A Senate confirmation prior to the end of the 115th Congress at Noon on Thursday brought a new head to the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The position has been vacant for nearly two years. In a statement, CCIA CEO Ed Black said, “This is a vitally important link to the administration that has been missing for far too long. The tech industry has increasingly been the focus of policymakers, and this confirmation will help secure continued cooperation and collaboration between the two. We look forward to the opportunity to work with Dr. Droegemeier on a host of emerging issues as OSTP works to expand partnerships within industry and academia.”
Senate Confirms New OSTP Head, from Broadcasting & Cable:
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier has been confirmed as the new director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
“The Senate has confirmed a highly respected scientist and academic to help further our nation’s economic competitiveness and national security,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which recommended his confirmation on Sept. 5. “I’m looking forward to working with Dr. Droegemeier and expect his leadership will benefit the scientific community and our nation," said Thune.
The confirmation was by voice vote, so essentially unanimous.
(Photo of Kelvin Droegenmeier by Megan Ross Gaylord News.)