S. 877: Veterans Affairs Research Transparency Act of 2013

May 07, 2013
Referred to Committee
3% chance of being enacted
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Mark Begich
Junior Senator from Alaska
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May 07, 2013
5 pages
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This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on May 7, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced May 07, 2013
Referred to Committee May 07, 2013
Reported by Committee ...
Passed Senate ...
Passed House ...
Signed by the President ...

18% chance of getting past committee.
3% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to allow public access to research of the Department, and for other purposes.


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2 cosponsors (2D) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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Veterans Affairs Research Transparency Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to make available on a publicly-available Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website: (1) data files that contain information on VA research, (2) a data dictionary on each data file, and (3) instructions on how to obtain access to each data file for use in research.
Directs the Secretary, within 540 days after enactment of this Act, to require, as a condition on the use of any data gathered or formulated from research funded by the VA, that any final, peer-reviewed manuscript prepared for publication that uses such data be submitted to the Secretary for deposit in a digital archive (established by the Secretary under this Act). Requires such archive to be publicly available.
Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense Joint Executive to submit to the Secretary and the Secretary of Defense (DOD) options and recommendations for establishing a program of long-term cooperation and data-sharing between and within the VA and DOD to facilitate research on outcomes of military service, readjustment after combat deployment, and other topics of importance to veterans, members of the Armed Forces (members), their families, and members of communities that have a significant population of veterans or members.

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