Federal Agencies Public Access Policies

In February 2013, The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) issued a statement that all federal agencies with $100 million or more in research and development funding needed to create public access policies and enforce them.

The table below lists the federal agencies with public access policies and their data management and article repository requirements.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also creating a public access policy.

If you have any questions, please contact the UAMS Library Reference Dept. : 501-686-6734,

Agency Start Date Data
Website for More Information
Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) 10/1/2015 AHRQ Data Center PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 10/1/2015 Public repositories PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
Department of Defense (DOD)  End of calendar year 2015 Centralized data
catalog/locator at DTIC
Defense Technical
Information Center (DTIC)
12 months –
compelling exceptions possible
Department of Energy (DOE)  10/15/2015 Open Energy Information
Platform (OpenIE)
Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) 12 months
Department of Transportation (DOT)  Not listed TRB’s RiP database National Transportation Library 18 months
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  10/1/2015 Publicly accessible repositories PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
Institute of Education Sciences (IES)  7/1/2015  Not listed ERIC 12 months
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)  10/1/2015 Publicly accessible repositories  PubMed Central (PMC) Not listed
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) In effect since 9/10/2009 Publicly accessible repositories OpenSky Not listed
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 10/1/2015 Enterprise Data Inventory (EDI) in conjunction with a Common Access Platform (CAP) PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
National Institutes of Health (NIH) In effect Public repositories as directed by each institute (see website for full policy P. 26) PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Q1 FY2016 National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
NOAA Institutional Repository 12 months
National Science Foundation (NSF) 1/1/2016 Publicly accessible repositories Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES) 12 months
Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) 10/1/2014 Public repositories within 30 months from creation if not included in scientific publication PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months
US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Implementation starts in 2016 CRIS System and REEport NAL’s (National Agricultural Library) Agricultural Online Access Database or NAL’s Digital Collections 12 months
US Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) 2/1/2015 Not listed PubMed Central (PMC) 12 months


Revised December 14, 2015