Public Dissemination Obligations
U.S. Government has long recognized its responsibilities to publicly disseminate unclassified STI.
- Atomic Energy Acts of 1946 and 1954 established a program for the dissemination of unclassified scientific and technical information and for the control of classified information.
- Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 defined responsibilities for developing, collecting, and making scientific and technical information available for distribution.
- Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977 provided for maintaining a central source of information and disseminating information.
Energy Policy Act of 2005
"The Secretary, through the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, shall maintain within the Department publicly available collections of scientific and technical information resulting from research, development, demonstration, and commercial applications activities supported by the Department."