John F. Sargent
Senior Policy Analyst
Office of Technology Policy, Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce
Mr. Sargent has served in a wide range of capacities
at the Commerce Department’s Technology Administration since 1990:
- Mr. Sargent currently serves as a senior advisor to the Assistant
Secretary for Technology Policy.
His current work includes U.S. science and engineering workforce
issues, and issues affecting the development and commercialization of
emerging technologies that offer significant economic and social benefits
to the Nation. In particular, Mr. Sargent has played a key role in the
Commerce Department’s recent efforts to foster the application of advanced
technologies to education and training, and in the publication of 2020
Visions: Transforming Education Through Advanced Technologies.
- Most recently, Mr. Sargent co-authored a report to Congress from
the Secretary of Commerce on U.S. high technology education and training
programs, building on the agency’s analytical work on science and
engineering workforce issues broadly, and the information technology
workforce challenge specifically.
Mr. Sargent is the co-author of several publications in this field,
including The Digital Workforce: Building Infotech Skills at the Speed
of Innovation, which is available through websites in more than 40
countries and has been downloaded more than 250,000 times. The underlying work in this area provided
the foundation for the agency’s Get Tech initiative with the
National Association of Manufacturers, an outreach effort to provide
science and engineering career information to junior high students across
- Mr. Sargent successfully led the Partnership for a New Generation
of Vehicles (PNGV) through a critical phase as Director of the PNGV
Secretariat from 1999-2000. PNGV
was a landmark public-private partnership between the Federal government
and the U.S. auto industry to develop breakthrough technologies capable of
enabling today’s vehicles to achieve a three-fold improvement in fuel
- Mr. Sargent previously served as senior advisor to the Under
Secretary of Commerce for Technology on issues affecting technology’s
contribution to U.S. competitiveness, economic growth and job
creation. In this capacity, he
co-authored Technology in the National Interest for the President’s
National Science and Technology Council which articulated the framework
for President Clinton’s technology policy. In addition, he developed the Technology Administration’s
budget submission and wrote Congressional testimony, speeches, editorials,
and other communications products.
- Mr. Sargent joined the Technology Administration in 1990 as the
agency’s first public affairs director.
In this capacity he directed the marketing effort for President
George H. W. Bush’s National Technology Initiative—a multi-agency
initiative to foster government-industry cooperation, manufacturing
excellence and technology financing—that attracted more than 5,000 senior
technology executives to 16 conferences nationwide.
- Mr. Sargent is the author or co-author of many other
innovation-related publications, including International Science and
Technology: Emerging Trends in Government Policies and Expenditures,
and the President’s Biennial Report to Congress Science and Technology:
Shaping the 21st Century.
During a three month leave of absence from
the Commerce Department in Fall 2000, Mr. Sargent worked with former Commerce
Under Secretary Mary Good, and senior technology and government affairs
representatives of industry, universities, professional societies and trade
associations to foster an alliance to promote increased Federal investments in
mathematics, engineering and the physical sciences. This effort resulted in the establishment of ASTRA, the Alliance
for Science and Technology Research in America.
From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Sargent was vice
president of Braddock Communications, a small custom publishing firm, where he
authored President Bush’s Point of View and the Small Business
Resource Guide, and co-authored From George to George: 200 Years of
During a 15 year stint in the U.S. Army
Reserve, Mr. Sargent serving as a platoon leader in the 343rd
Engineer Company, command information officer and public information officer
for the 310th Theater Army Area Command, public affairs officer of
the 510th Area Support Group and commander of the 201st
Public Affairs Detachment.
Mr. Sargent holds a degree in Systems
Engineering from the University of Virginia.
He and his wife, Carol Ann, have five children and one grandchild. They reside on Capitol Hill.