The Obama Administration has been actively considering the issue of public access to the results of federally funded research, with an inter-agency working group having recently completed a year-long examination of the issue. The administration is currently considering which policy actions are priorities to be acted upon before the elections this fall.
Currently, only the National Institutes of Health has a public access policy. To demonstrate the depth and breadth of support for expanding this to all federal science agencies, a coalition of public access advocates has created a petition on the White House’s “We the People” site. If the petition attracts 25,000 signatures within thirty days, it will be reviewed by White House staff and considered for action.
To sign the petition, go to https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions. Qualified signers must be at least thirteen years old and have a valid email address.
Thank you very much for supporting the crucial effort to expand access to the results of federally funded research.