WH refutes reports that Science and Technology office unstaffed

WH refutes reports that Science and Technology office unstaffed

An official from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) told The Hill the department's science division is staffed, despite a report saying the last three employees of the division left last week. 

CBS News reported on Friday three staffers, who were holdovers from the Obama administration, departed the office last week, leaving the science division unstaffed. 
 
However, an OSTP official told The Hill there are currently 35 employees in OSTP, and 12 employees in the department's science division, adding that the division is organized and divided differently under the Trump administration compared to the Obama administration.  

"Science division out. Mic drop,” former OSTP assistant director for biomedical and forensic sciences Eleanor Celeste said on Friday in a tweet. 

"By COB today, number of staffers in White House OSTP's Science Division = 0,” Obama era OSTP staffer Kumar Garg tweeted on Friday. 

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The White House’s science division has largely focused in the past on issues such as biotechnology and STEM education.

There were more than 100 employees in OSTP during the Obama administration.