[A2k] Heather Joseph re Public Access Bill briefing and additional sponsors

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue Mar 20 18:07:56 PDT 2012

FRPAA in the Spotlight: Public Access Bill featured in Congressional
Briefing, Two Dozen Bipartisan Co-sponsors add their Support.
y Heather Joseph
Executive Director, SPARC

Fresh on the heels of yesterday’s well-attended Congressional briefing
on the issue of public access to the results of taxpayer funded
research, 24 new bipartisan co-sponsors have officially been added to
the roster of supporters for H.R. 4004, The Federal Research Public
Access Act.

The new co-sponsors (see full list below) join the bill’s original
sponsors, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) and Rep. Kevin
Yoder (R-KS). These new supporters reflect the consistently broad and
bi-partisan appeal of this policy, which would ensure that taxpayers
are guaranteed free, online access to articles reporting on the
results research that their tax dollars have funded.

This issue was explored in depth at a briefing on Capitol Hill
yesterday, hosted by the office of Rep. Mike Doyle. The briefing
featured two expert speakers. First, Dr. Neil Thakur, Special
Assistant to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Deputy Director
for Extramural Research and Program Manager for the NIH Public Access
Policy, presented a thorough view of that agency's experience with
their landmark Public Access policy. He noted that the NIH considers
public access as central to their mission, and as a critical component
in ensuring that the public’s investment in NIH-funded research is
leveraged to its fullest.

He was followed by Elliot Maxwell, Program Director of the Digital
Connections Council of the Committee for Economic Development and
author of the recent Kaufman Foundation for Entrepreneurship-funded
report, “The Future of Taxpayer-Funded Research: Who Will Control
Access to the Results?" Maxwell presented a synopsis of the report
focusing on the potential impacts of expanding the NIH Policy to other
U.S. Federal science agencies. He explored the potential benefits this
expansion might have on scientific productivity, economic growth,
innovation and national competitiveness.

About half of the two-hour briefing (full disclosure: for which I had
the pleasure of serving as moderator) was devoted to a lively question
and answer session and in-depth discussion with attendees. The quality
of the questions and passion behind the discussion was yet another
strong signal that interest in this issue - and commitment to action
on it - continues to grow.

Below is the list of new co-sponsors for H.R. 4004, The Federal
Research Public Access Act.

Rep Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR]

Rep Burton, Dan [R-IN]

Rep Capuano, Michael E. [D-MA]

Rep Carnahan, Russ [D-MO]

Rep Cole, Tom [R-OK]

Rep Connolly, Gerald E. "Gerry" [D-VA]

Rep Costello, Jerry F. [D-IL]

Rep Fleming, John [R-LA]

Rep Flores, Bill [R-TX]

Rep Franks, Trent [R-AZ]

Rep Gohmert, Louie [R-TX]

Rep Gowdy, Trey [R-SC]

Rep Holden, Tim [D-PA]

Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [D-OH]

Rep Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA]

Rep Manzullo, Donald A. [R-IL]

Rep McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R-WA]

Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC]

Rep Paul, Ron [R-TX]

Rep Polis, Jared [D-CO]

Rep Rothman, Steven R. [D-NJ]

Rep Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL]

Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL]

Rep Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA]

Manon Anne Ress
Knowledge Ecology International
1621 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20009 USA
manon.ress at keionline.org

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