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White House Science Adviser Apologizes Over Treatment of Staff

Eric Lander
Eric LanderPhotographer: Erin Scott/Bloomberg

President Joe Biden’s top science adviser bullied subordinates and created a hostile work environment for those on his team, a White House investigation has found, actions that run contrary to Biden’s promise of zero tolerance for such behavior. 

Eric Lander, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, which is a Cabinet-level position, was found to have disrespected staff and has been ordered to “undertake a number of actions to correct the behavior,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement without outlining what those actions were.