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


NCHS will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and NCHS guidelines. It is NCHS's policy 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 cover all NCHS statistical and analytic information products originated by the agency, except as specified below:

  • Documents not authored by NCHS (either directly or by contract) and not representing official views, including research supported by NCHS funding;
  • Archival information disseminated by NCHS;
  • Information dissemination limited to government employees or agency contractors or grantees;
  • Information intended solely for intra- or inter-agency use or sharing of government information, such as evaluation of a specific methodological approach to assess success in achieving its objectives;
  • Press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that NCHS has disseminated elsewhere.
  • Information for public filings, subpoenas, or adjudicative processes;
  • Opinions where the presentation makes it clear that what is being offered is personal opinion rather than fact or the agency's views.