ScienceInsider has learned that the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hopes to hold a joint hearing next Thursday on the nominations of John Holdren and Jane Lubchenco for the respective positions as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Holdren has been working since the inauguration as assistant to the president for science and technology, which, unlike the OSTP job, doesn't require Senate confirmation. Both nominees are expected to sail through.
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