I've never met Eric Lander. He's clearly a brilliant man, but he doesn't seem like a great leader of White House staffers. Via Stat News:
...Three staffers described being made to feel like schoolchildren: In moments of frustration, they said, Lander would pointedly ask aides where they attended graduate school, or whether they’d authored academic papers. Once, three aides recalled, he left a small group of female staffers shaken after he slammed his fists on a table in an apparent fit of rage...
...Under Lander, meetings were often characterized by his own references to his illustrious academic career at MIT, Harvard, and the Broad Institute, and his reluctance to seek input from the many Ph.D.s or other experts he supervised, including those who had expertise beyond his own background in math, life sciences, and genomics. (OSTP includes several divisions that cover a vast array of topics, like climate and the environment, national security, energy, and even a small unit devoted to federal computer systems and information technology.)
I'll be honest and say that it's never been particularly clear to me why OSTP is an important office within the White House, but hey, it's a White House appointed, Senate confirmed position for a scientist, so gee, I guess it's important to science/scientists.
It's within this context that I'm also a bit flummoxed to understand why he found himself in situations where he was getting mad at people, especially folks that he had hired. (What exactly was he mad about?) It will be interesting to better understand what was going on in this office, and eventually someone will tell the whole story.