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One of the most important tasks that the NSTC performs is to prepare
coordinated R&D strategies and budget recommendations to orient science
and technology toward achieving national goals. To do so, the NSTC established
five goal-oriented committees.
Each committee is chaired by a senior official or officials from a Federal
agency/department and is co-chaired by a White House Office of Science
and Technology Policy (OSTP) Senate-confirmed Associate Director.
In addition to the five standing committees, the NSTC establishes ad
hoc working groups as needed to review and coordinate specific
policies or programs that span the interests of the standing committees.