Confirmed despite doubts from the legislator: The president tipped Lander to head the office in early January, and criticism of the election came at two meetings Lander had with late financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the spring of 2012. Lander told lawmakers at his ratification hearing that he was unaware of Epstein’s “dirty story” when they met.
Concerns were also raised that Lander had previously downplayed the posts of two women scientists he worked with and came across a notable geneticist who was accused of representing racist and sexist views.
The Senate Commerce Committee voted to push his nomination forward in a bipartisan vote, but a number of Republican Senators voted against Lander – including Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who said at his nomination hearing in Lander that Lander’s connection to Epstein is “tremendous Concern “April.
Some discomforts about diversity: Lawmakers also expressed concern about the lack of diversity in the government roles overseeing the tech industry. While Senate Commerce Chairwoman Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. Endorsed Lander’s nomination, which received positive feedback to the entire Senate, she said she would have “wanted to see a woman here in this position,” which was the wish other legislators after Biden reflected diversify its choices overseeing the tech industry.
During the trade committee vote, Cantwell also noted that she and Lander have “reached an agreement” that diversity is promoted in the OSTP and that the committee is updated every six months on the Bureau’s diversity issues.
A top-class role: Biden elevated the OSTP top post to cabinet level for the first time in history to demonstrate his science is back mantra.
Lander was tapped for the following role his stint As co-chair of the Presidential Council of Science and Technology Advisors during the Obama administration, he briefed then-Vice-President Biden and then-President Barack Obama on science-related issues.