Access Legislation

Current legislation impacting access to federally funded research

Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)

FASTR is pro-open access legislation that would promulgate the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy enacted by law in 2008 to additional U.S. agencies and departments to improve access to federally funded (taxpayer-funded) research.

Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act (FIRST)

FIRST is anti-open access legislation a bill that will hamper the public’s access to federally funded research.  Section 303 of FIRST creates unnecessary challenges to federal agencies as they endeavor to follow the White House Directive on Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research and delays the advancements made in the FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act to expand the National Institutes of Health’s access program to include the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services.

Research Works Act

The Research Works Act is anti-open access legislation that would nullify the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access policy that improves access to federally funded (taxpayer funded) research, as well as prevent models like it from being adopted by other U.S. agencies and departments.


Correspondence from the ALA Washington Office