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

10/01/2002

ASPE will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and ASPE guidelines.  It is ASPE’s goal to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information that it disseminates to the public.  We strive to provide information that is accurate, reliable, clear, complete, unbiased, and useful. We are committed to integrating the principle of information quality into every phase of information development, including creation, collection, maintenance, and dissemination.  The pre-dissemination review described in the guidelines only applies to information 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 apply to the following kinds of information that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) disseminates: (1) the reports of research and evaluation projects that ASPE sponsors. These reports are usually the results of research that has been conducted for ASPE by contractors under our direction. (2) The final reports of projects supported by grants from ASPE may also be disseminated by ASPE. (3) ASPE staff occasionally write papers for publication and distribution. These reports are formal documents which have gone through several reviews within both within the author's organization and within ASPE.   The Office also produces materials that are not distributed externally. These materials are intended to inform the policy-making process. These materials consist of briefing papers and technical analyses concerning proposed legislative changes, the requirements of new legislation or descriptions of programs or initiatives. While these papers may eventually be distributed externally after the policy-making process is concluded, as required by the Freedom of Information Act, they are not intended to be disseminated widely and consequently are not covered under these guidelines.  Further, the guidelines do not apply to press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that ASPE has disseminated elsewhere.