Alliance for Taxpayer Access

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Call to action: Oppose H.R. 3699, a bill to block public access to publicly funded research

A new bill, The Research Works Act (H.R.3699), designed to roll back the NIH Public Access Policy and block the development of similar policies at other federal agencies, has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Supporters of public access need to speak out against this proposed legislation. We strongly urge you to contact these offices to express your opposition TODAY, or as soon as possible. 

A new bill, The Research Works Act (H.R.3699), designed to roll back the NIH Public Access Policy and block the development of similar policies at other federal agencies, has been introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. Co-sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), it was introduced on December 16, 2011, and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 
 
Essentially, the bill seeks to prohibit federal agencies from conditioning their grants to require that articles reporting on publicly funded research be made accessible to the public online. 
 
Supporters of public access need to speak out against this proposed legislation. We strongly urge you to contact these offices to express your opposition TODAY, or as soon as possible. To support you, draft letter text is available.
Also, don’t miss a key opportunity to express support for the expansion of the NIH public-access policy to other federal science and technology agencies. There are six days left to respond to the White House requests for information (RFI) on public access to scholarly publications and data (http://www.taxpayeraccess.org/action/action_access/11-1117.shtml). 
 
As ever, your support for public access to the published results of the research we pay for is critical – and appreciated! Thank you for your swift action to oppose this bill. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
 
Heather Joseph
Executive Director, SPARC
Spokesperson, Alliance for Taxpayer Access
heather [at] arl [dot] org
 
Andrea Brusca Higginbotham
Communications Manager, SPARC
Andrea [at] arl [dot] org