The US White House today directed federal agencies to develop open-access policies within the next six months. The directive on Public Access Articles and Data comes from John Holdren, President Obama’s chief Science Advisor.
From a related article (ironically behind an exclusive locked paywall):
Tax money indirectly covers “the vast majority of the costs of publishing,” said Michael B. Eisen, an associate professor of genetics, genomics, and development at the University of California at Berkeley. And taxpayers get “a really really watered-down product for their money,” with publishers restricting access and owning the rights, he said. “It’s nuts.”
Basken Paul. 2013. “NSF Anticipates Pushing Boundaries on Open-Access Plan.” Chronicle of Higher Education. February 24.