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Action Alert! White House Petition for open access to taxpayer-funded research

Show your support for open access by signing an online petition at We the People asking the White House to require the published results of taxpayer-funded research be made available for free on the Internet. The petition must have at least 25,000 signatures by June 19th to ensure the White House will respond. The petition is available at

The petition request is based on the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2012 (FRPAA, S 2096 and HR 4004). FRPAA would make taxpayer-funded research from 11 federal departments available for free, closely modeling the National Institutes of Health model. Both bills have been referred to Committee. HR 4004 was referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Congressman Cummings serves on this Committee.

We the People is a tool that allows an individual to petition the Obama Administration online. If a petition gets at least 25,000 signatures, White House staff will review it, send it to the appropriate experts and issue an official response.

Please sign the petition to show your support of open access! Help spread the word by forwarding, posting and tweeting #openaccess. Thanks in advance for your support!

Update on Access legislation

The ALA Washington Office has posted a candid update on various Access legislation, including two new pieces of information:

  • 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act of 2010 – Requires Internet providers to make the internet accessible to the disabled.  HR 3101 passed in the House; the Senate companion bill S 3304 recently went to the full committee.
  • Federal Research Public Access Act  of 2009 (FRPAA) – To provide free, open access to federally-funded research.  A hearing is being held for HR 5037. 

 For more details, see the District Dispatch posting.

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