HHS Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated to the Public. 3. Scope and Applicability of the Guidelines


The HHS guidelines described in this implementation plan apply to substantive information dissemination activities that are initiated or sponsored by HHS agencies. The pre-dissemination review described in the guidelines only applies to information that is disseminated on or after October 1, 2002. The administrative mechanism for correction applies to information that the agency disseminates on or after October 1, 2002, regardless of when the agency first disseminated the information. The guidelines do not apply to the large proportion of extramural scientific research activity supported by HHS whose dissemination is the sole responsibility of the academic researcher rather than HHS. The guidelines do apply to the dissemination of information by federal intramural researchers if the dissemination is agency-initiated or sponsored. Otherwise, appropriate disclaimers are to be included in the report or speech to distinguish the research from agency views and positions. The guidelines do not apply to distribution of information limited to correspondence with individuals or persons, press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that the agency disseminates elsewhere, archival material, public filings, subpoenas or adjudicative processes. Nor do they apply to opinions, when the agency's presentation makes clear that what is disseminated is someone's opinion rather than fact or agency views.