Updates on FRPAA

What’s new with the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) since our last post:

  • The text of the bill is now online.
  • At first blush, I only spot two changes in the bill, both fairly minor:
    • The new bill adds a specific exception for “research progress reports presented at professional meetings or conferences”
    • The new bill specifies additional committees to receive oversight reports
  • See the Alliance for Taxpayer Access’s call to action to support the bill.
  • Sen. Cornyn’s statement at the bill’s introduction is now available in the Congressional Record:

    … I am proud to report that the NIH’s public access policy has been a
    success over the past few years. By the NIH implementing a
    groundbreaking public access policy, there has been strong progress in
    making the NIH’s federally funded research available to the public, and
    has helped to energize this debate.

    Although this has surely been an encouraging and important step
    forward, Senator Lieberman and I believe there is more that can and
    must be done, as this is just a small part of the research funded by
    the Federal Government.

    With that in mind, Senator Lieberman and I find it necessary to
    reintroduce the Federal Research Public Access Act that will build on
    and refine the work done by the NIH and require that the Federal
    Government’s leading underwriters of research adopt meaningful public
    access policies. …

    This simple legislation will provide our government with an
    opportunity to better leverage our investment in research and in turn
    ensure a greater return on that investment. All Americans stand to
    benefit from this bill, including patients diagnosed with a disease who
    will have the ability to use the Internet to read the latest articles
    in their entirety concerning their prognosis, students who will be able
    to find full abundant research as they further their education, or
    researchers who will have their findings more broadly evaluated which
    will lead to further discovery and innovation. …

Things to watch: