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Data Management Plans: Federal Access Mandates

Federal Agency Deposit Requirements

On Feb. 22, 2013 the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a memo titled, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research (PDF)." In short, the memo:

"...directed Federal agencies with more than $100M in R&D expenditures to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication and requiring researchers to better account for and manage the digital data resulting from federally funded scientific research." Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology at OSTP [emphasis mine]

The following table summarizes new Federal requirements regarding articles (A) and data (D). The OSU Libraries can help you write and implement your data management plan to best meet funder requirements. For a more detailed table listing the agency requirements as they become available, see the links to agencies, below.



(A)rticles Made
Available In

(D)ata Made
Available In


 Feb. 2015 (A)
 Oct. 2015 (D)

PubMed Central (PMC)

Commercial repository to be announced


 Oct. 2015 (A, D)


Recognized scientific data repository, registry


 July 2013 (A)
 Oct. 2015 (D)

CDC Stacks (all), PMC (peer-reviewed)

Multiple solutions + data registry, preferred repository to be announced


Oct. 2016 (A)
Oct. 2017 (D)




Oct. 2014 (A)
Oct. 2015 (D)


Varies by office

DOT Dec. 2015 (A, D) NTL Varies


Oct. 2015 (A, D)


Disciplinary data repositories, where available


Oct. 2015 (A, D)

 NASA branded PMC portal

With article, NASA archives, or other repository


 Jan. 2008 (A)
 Jan. 2016 (D)


Multiple solutions, Data Discovery Index


 Oct. 2015 (A, D)

 PMC interface

Enterprise Data Inventory (EDI) at, Common Access Platform (CAP) in development


 Jan. 2016 (A, D)

 NOAA Institutional Repository, using CDC Stacks

Multiple solutions short term + NOAA Data Centers for data “worthy” of long term preservation


 Jan. 2016 (A, D)


An "appropriate repository"


 Oct. 2015 (A, D)


SRO, approved external, community-supported or discipline-specific repositories, or via CHORUS


 Oct. 2014 (D)


Development Data Library


 Jan. 2016 (A)


USDA registry, other repository to be announced


Oct 2016 (A)

Feb. 2015 (D)

USGS Publications Warehouse

Varies; see data page.


Feb. 2015 (A)


Partner with HHS, NIH, FDA, and DoD on “effective mechanisms”

Agency public access plans (in alphabetical order):

DOC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Public Access Plan (PDF), Feb. 2015

Department of Defense (DOD)

Public Access Plan (PDF), Feb. 2015
Memo regarding plan (PDF), July 9, 2014

Department of Energy (DOE)

DOE-wide Policy for Digital Research Data Management (HTML), Sept. 23, 2015
Office of Science Statement on Digital Data Management (HTML), July 24, 2014. Includes principles, requirements, and additional guidance for creating a DMP.
Public Access Plan (PDF), July 24, 2014
PAGES - a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication
Data management plan guidance

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

HHS Public Access overview page & guiding principles (HTML), Feb. 13, 2015
AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality Plan (HTML), Feb. 2015
ASPR: Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Plan (HTML), Feb. 27, 2015
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Plan website (HTML) or document (PDF), Feb 25, 2015
FDA: Food and Drug Administration Plan (HTML), Feb. 27, 2015
NIH: National Institutes of Health Plan website (HTML) or document (PDF), Feb. 26, 2015

Department of Transportation (DOT)

Plan (PDF), Dec. 16 2015

DOT Public Access page

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Plan (PDF), Nov. 21, 2014
Overview of NASA's plan for publications, from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Feb. 11, 2015

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Open data website (HTML)
Public access plan (PDF), Apr. 3, 2015
Open Data Strategy Implementation and Processes (HTML), Aug. 27, 2014

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Public Access Plan (PDF)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Public Access Plan (PDF), 18 March, 2015
Public access overview, documents, FAQ, etc. (HTML), March 2015

Smithsonian Institution (SI)

Public access website
Public access plan (PDF), 18 Aug 2015

US Agency for International Development (USAID)

Blog post describing their new open data policy, Oct. 15, 2014 (HTML)
Automated Directives System Chapter 579 - USAID Development Data, Functional Series 500 – Management Services (HTML, PDF), Oct. 01, 2014.
"ADS 579 is USAID’s first ever open data policy, providing a framework for systematically collecting Agency-funded data in a central repository, structuring the data to ensure usability and making the data public, while ensuring rigorous protections for privacy and security."

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA)

"Implementation Plan to Increase Public Access to Results of USDA-funded Scientific Research" (PDF), Nov. 7 2014
"USDA Open Government Plan 3.0 Update" (PDF), June 6, 2014
USDA Open Government website

US Geological Survey (USGS)

"Public Access to Results of Federally Funded Research at the US Geological Survey" (HTML)

"USGS Public Access Plan" (PDF) v. 1.02, March 9, 2016

US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Manuscript Submission for VA Investigators (HTML)

We are still waiting to see public access plans from the following agencies:

  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of the Interior (DOI)
  • Department of Education (ED)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

Agencies with a data policy that are NOT subject to the OSTP memo

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)

Data archiving plan guidance (HTML)

NEH Office of Digital Humanities (ODH)

Data management plan guidance (PDF)

Sources: University of Washington Libraries Data ServicesColumbia University Libraries Scholarly Communication ProgramScholarly Publishing @ MIT LibrariesOSU Libraries Research Data Services