FRPAAFederal Research Public Access Act
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Unlike Patterson, however, I also believe that a simplistic, one-size-fits-all, rigid, legislative mandate (like FRPAA) has the potential for far too many negative unintended consequences to balance out the benefits it purports to bring.
* See, for example, the Advocacy section of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Research Coalition website <>, the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) section of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access website <>, and various letters in opposition to FRPAA posted on the website of the Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science <>.
(6) Peter Suber, "Ides of February in the US: The National Day of Action and Other Preparation for FRPAA," SPARC Open Access Newsletter, March 2, 2007,
(113) The Association of American Publishers stated that the FRPAA, "if passed, will seriously jeopardize the integrity of the scientific publishing process, and is a duplicative effort that places an unwarranted burden on research investigators." (114) The International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers criticized the EC Report as "flawed," "inconsistent," and not supported by adequate data.
(113.) With respect to the FRPAA, see, for example, Press Release, Am.
this happens, then FRPAA may harm, rather than promote, the public
Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), AAP reported that FRPAA would "put federal agencies in direct competition with nonprofit and commercial publishers' efforts to produce and disseminate validated and digitally-enhanced journal articles that explain the nature and results of federally-funded research." Elsevier is among the AAP members that signed the letter opposing FRPAA.
On July 29, the Information Policy, Census and National Archives Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the first-ever hearing on FRPAA dealing with the issue of public access to federally funded research.
The original FRPAA was reintroduced in the Senate; Sens.
As with the Senate bill, the FRPAA would unlock unclassified research funded by agencies such as the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Science Foundation.
Q: Do you welcome the reintroduction of the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA)?
His support for FRPAA and opposition to the Conyers bill--anticipated but not yet public--could make all the difference."