ACS Condemns OSTP Work Environment and Requests Prompt Director Nomination

February 9, 2022

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of our members, the American Chemical Society (ACS) strongly condemns the misconduct reported in the past week at the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). ACS is committed to fostering an inclusive environment, including respectful discourse and professional behavior throughout the chemistry enterprise and the broader scientific community. Holding leadership accountable for promoting such an environment is vital to ensure the free exchange of views that powers scientific advancement. With the resignation of Dr. Lander and the challenges of rising global competition in research, the Cancer Moonshot, and increasing diversity and retention in STEM fields require the prompt announcement and confirmation of a new Director of OSTP.

As you weigh potential nominees, the Society requests an emphasis on candidates with a reputation for fostering collaborative work, engaging in respectful discussion, and supporting inclusive environments. Please do not hesitate to contact me or the head of Government Affairs at ACS, Anthony Pitagno ( if there is any assistance the Society may offer during the search for a new director.


Angela K. Wilson, Ph.D.
ACS President