Peer Review

The Information Quality Act of 2000 (Section 515 of Public Law 106-554) requires federal agencies to develop guidelines to ensure the quality of information they publicly disseminate and to establish a formal complaint mechanism that allows members of the public to request a correction of information. On December 16, 2004, the Office of Management and Budget added additional requirements by issuing the Final Information Quality Peer Review Bulletin. The Bulletin requires agencies to develop Peer Review Agendas and to conduct peer reviews on influential scientific information and highly influential scientific assessments.

The Division of Data Policy led the development and implementation of the HHS Information Guidelines and the Information Quality Request for Correction formal complaint mechanism as well as the implementation of the HHS Information Quality Peer Review Process.

The Division of Data Policy manages the Information Quality Request for Correction and Peer Review processes for the department, serves as a technical resource to HHS component agencies and offices in writing responses to Information Quality Requests for Correction and in conducting Information Quality Peer Reviews, and oversees the HHS Information Quality website.