From the blog post announcing the consultation (December 9, 2009): OSTP to Launch Public Forum to Discuss Options for Improving Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research
On Thursday, Dec. 10, OSTP will launch a public consultation on Public Access Policy. The Administration is seeking public input on access to publicly-funded research results, such as those that appear in academic and scholarly journal articles. Currently, the National Institutes of Health require that research funded by its grants be made available to the public online at no charge within 12 months of publication. The Administration is seeking views as to whether this policy should be extended to other science agencies and, if so, how it should be implemented.
The consultation is structured in three phases: