A new bill, The Research Works Act (H.R.3699), designed to roll back the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Public Access Policy and block the development of similar policies in other federal agencies, has been introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives. Co-sponsored by Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), the bill was proposed on 16 December 2011, and referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The Special Libraries Association strongly supports the NIH’s popular Public Access Policy. This new bill would essentially reverse the NIH’s Public Access Policy and prevent other Federal agencies from developing similar policies to provide timely public access to taxpayer-funded research.
Supporters of public access need to speak out against this proposed legislation. The Alliance for Taxpayer Access, of which SLA is a member, strongly urges you to contact the offices below to express your opposition today. A draft letter is available for all those who would like to join the opposition:
Fax (202) 225-3303
https://maloney.house.gov/contact-me/email-me (Using zip code 10128-3679)
Fax: (202) 225-4709
--Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – especially if you’re a constituent. http://1.usa.gov/zDqnne
--Your representative – through the Alliance for Taxpayer Access Action Center: http://www.congressweb.com/cweb2/index.cfm/siteid/sparc