A partial press release is provided below.
UNITED STATES CONGRESS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2015
Sen. Cornyn: Drew Brandewie, 202-224-0704 Sen. Wyden: Sam Offerdahl, 202-224-5039 Rep. Doyle: Matt Dinkel, 202-225-2135
Rep. Yoder: CJ Grover, 202-225-2865
Rep. Lofgren: Peter Whippy, 202-225-3072
Bipartisan Coalition Introduces FASTR Act To Improve Access To Federally-Funded Research
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives today introduced the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research (FASTR) Act, a bill to improve public access to federally-funded research.
The FASTR Act’s introduction coincides with “Sunshine Week,” a movement to highlight the need for transparency and openness from the federal government. ...
The FASTR Act would:
- Require each publicly-funded researcher to submit an electronic copy of the final text of peer-reviewed research and ensure that manuscript is available for free online access within six months.
- Spur innovation and encourage job creation by allowing faster access to research that can help individuals and businesses turn ideas and concepts into goods and services.
- Encourage private investment in information technology to capitalize on government research.
- Ensure a higher return on taxpayer investment that could be worth around $1.6 billion.