The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014, the FIRST Act, is scheduled to be marked-up in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology TODAY!!! Section 303 of this current legislation would impose significant barriers to the public’s ability to access to taxpayer funded research by restricting federal science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.
However, Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Lofgren (D-CA) have drafted an amendment that would dramatically improve the current legislation. It would reduce the original 24 month embargo period down to a 12 month embargo period; modify the possible extension of the embargo period down to six months from one year; and replace an 18-month delay while agencies develop a plan for creating a policy into a report to Congress in 90 days and implementation of their public access policies within on year.
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Let Congress know you support the Sensenbrenner/Lofgren amendment to Section 303 of the FIRST Act
Help raise awareness of how the current FIRST Act lanaguage will delay public access
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- As currently drafted, Section 303 of the FIRST Act severely undercuts the ability of federal science agencies to implement policies that would ensure that the public receives timely, equitable access to, and full use of, articles and data reporting on the results of research that their tax dollars directly support.
- Our most serious concerns about the original language in Section 303 is that is includes an initial 24 month embargo period; a possible extension of the embargo period by an additional year; and an 18-month delay while agencies develop a plan for creating a policy.
- The amendment being offered by Mr. Sensenbrenner and Ms. Lofgren would modify these provisions. Specifically, it would create an embargo period of no more than 12 months; allow for modification of the embargo period by a maximum of six months if the stakeholders can prove ‘substantial and unique harm’; and require agencies to submit a report to Congress in 90 days that details their public access policy and implementation of the policy within one year.
- This amendment will further advance the goals of enabling the public to realize the full potential of public access, such as the acceleration of scientific research, the generation of new ideas and innovations, which will spur economic growth and job creation.