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Federal Public Access Plans

On Feb. 22, 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo titled, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (PDF)." In short, the memo:

"...directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research." Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology at OSTP [emphasis mine]

Since the release of this announcement, affected Federal agencies have been involved in an iterative process with the OSTP to create and revise their plan for how they will address the guidelines stipulated in the memo. Academic librarians who support researchers in writing data management plans, sharing data, and other activities tied to federal mandates have been waiting, impatiently at times, for the public release of these agency plans. John P. Holdren released a status update in March 2014. Finally, in early 2015 these plans are beginning to become available. As we find them, Federal agency responses to the "OSTP Open Access Memo" will be posted here.

For a detailed table listing the requirements as they become available, see here:

Agency public access plans (in alphabetical order):

DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Public Access Plan (PDF), Feb. 2015

Department of Defense(DOD)

Public Access Plan (PDF), Feb. 2015
Memo regarding plan (PDF), July 9, 2014

Department of Energy (DOE)

Statement on Digital Data Management - includes principles, requirements, and additional guidance for creating a DMP.
Public Access Plan (PDF), July 24, 2014
PAGES - a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication
Data management plan requirements and guidance

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

HHS Public Access overview page & guiding principles (HTML), Feb. 13, 2015
AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Plan (HTML), Feb. 2015
ASPR: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Plan (HTML), Feb. 27, 2015
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Plan website (HTML) or document (PDF), Feb 25, 2015
FDA: Food and Drug Administration Plan (HTML), Feb. 27, 2015
NIH: National Institutes of Health Plan website (HTML) or document (PDF), Feb. 26, 2015

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Planning for a plan (expected "early 2015")

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Plan (PDF), Nov. 21, 2014
Overview of NASA's plan for publications, from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Feb. 11, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Open data website (HTML)
Public access plan (PDF), Apr. 3, 2015
Open Data Strategy Implementation and Processes (HTML), Aug. 27, 2014

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Public Access Plan (PDF), 18 March, 2015
Public access overview, documents, FAQ, etc. (HTML), March 2015

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Blog post describing their new open data policy, Oct. 15, 2014 (HTML)
Automated Directives System Chapter 579 - USAID Development Data, Functional Series 500 – Management Services (HTML, PDF), Oct. 01, 2014.
"ADS 579 is USAID’s first ever open data policy, providing a framework for systematically collecting Agency-funded data in a central repository, structuring the data to ensure usability and making the data public, while ensuring rigorous protections for privacy and security."

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Implementation Plan (PDF), Nov. 7 2014
USDA Open Government website

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Manuscript Submission for VA Investigators (HTML)


We are still waiting to see public access plans from the following agencies:

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Department of Education (ED)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)
  • Smithsonian Institution (SI)

Agencies with a data policy that are NOT subject to the OSTP memo

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Data archiving plan guidance (HTML)

NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)

Data management plan guidance (PDF)

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