Inside Higher Ed and the Washington Post report that Open Access legislation that requires that federally-funded research be made publicly available 12 months after publication has been approved by Congress as part of the Omnibus appropriations bill. This codifies into law Open Access policies similar to those required by the White House directive issued by the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 2013. The legislation applies to research funded by all federal agencies with more than $100 million in research and development expenditures. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation within the next few days.
SPARC's news release, "Omnibus Appropriations Bill Codifies White House Directive," outlines additional provisions that Open Access advocates would like to see added to strengthen the legislation, including a 6-month waiting period, instead of the 12-month period currently required.
Read the Inside Higher Ed article: "Spending Bill Includes Open Access Legislation"
Read the Washington Post article (by KU grad Andrea Peterson!): "Half of taxpayer funded research will soon be available to the public"