Data Access Act

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The Data Access Act, also known as the Shelby Amendment, was attached as a rider to the Omnibus Appropriations Act of fiscal year 1999, P.L. 105-277. The amendment mandated the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) amend Circular A-110 to require federal agencies to ensure that “all data produced under a [federally funded] award will be made available to the public through the procedures established under the Freedom of Information Act [FOIA]” (Fischer, 2013). There were still protections in place for personal information, information that could cause a security risk, and information with commercial value. An information request could also be charged a user fee. This amendment established a trend in policy to make all data produced through publicly funded research openly available.

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