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Public Access Plans & Guidance

On August 25, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) updated its U.S. public access policy guidance to make the results of taxpayer-supported research immediately available to the American public at no cost. The 2022 OSTP Public Access Memo, "Ensuring Free, Immediate, and Equitable Access to Federally Funded Research," expands on OSTP's 2013 guidance to Federal agencies with over $100 million in annual research and development expenditures. Key policy updates include:

All federal agencies with research and development expenditures are subject to this guidance. OSTP expects agency policies for increasing public access to scholarly publications and scientific data be publicly posted by December 31, 2024 and to go into effect by December 31, 2025. Agencies are expected to update and post their public access policies by December 31, 2026 with additional provisions related to supporting research and scientific integrity.

The listing below provides links to and information on public access plans and guidance, including responses to the 2022 OSTP policy guidance. Please check back periodically as this list will be refreshed as agencies publicly post their new or updated public access plans and policies.

Administration for Community Living (ACL) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) addremove

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) addremove

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) addremove

Defense (DOD), U.S. Department of addremove

Education (DoED), U.S. Department of addremove

Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of addremove

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. addremove

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) addremove

Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of addremove

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) addremove

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) (U.S. Department of Commerce) addremove

National Institutes of Health (NIH) (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) addremove

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (U.S. Department of Commerce) addremove

National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. addremove

Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) addremove

Social Security Administration (SSA) addremove

Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of addremove

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) addremove

U.S. Census Bureau (U.S. Department of Commerce) addremove

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) (U.S. Department of Interior) addremove

Veterans Affairs (VA), U.S. Department of addremove