In May 2012, the Marygrove Library encouraged its blog readers to sign a White House petition requiring free access over the Internet to scientific articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. Yesterday that petition received a response from Dr. John Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In his official response he writes:
I have issued a memorandum today (.pdf) to Federal agencies that directs those with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures to develop plans to make the results of federally-funded research publically available free of charge within 12 months after original publication. As you pointed out, the public access policy adopted by the National Institutes of Health has been a great success. And while this new policy call does not insist that every agency copy the NIH approach exactly, it does ensure that similar policies will appear across government.
You can read Dr. Holdren’s complete response here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/response/increasing-public-access-results-scientific-research.