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


ACF is committed to ensuring that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and ACF guidelines. It is ACF'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 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. This section identifies the types of information covered by the Guidelines, and also lists the types of information that are exempt. ACF information subject to the Information Quality Guidelines includes:

  • Statistical information;
  • Studies and summaries prepared for public dissemination to inform the public about the impact of programs administered by the agency; and
  • Studies and summaries prepared for use in formulating broad program policy.

The following types of information are not subject to the Information Quality Guidelines:

  • Information relating to ACF programs, archival information, clearinghouses, and Internet distribution of studies, reports, documents, summaries, and articles not authored by the agency and not representing the agency's views, including materials authored and distributed by ACF grantees;
  • Information limited in dissemination to government employees (intra- or interagency) or agency contractors or grantees;
  • Information pertaining to basic agency operations or management information produced primarily for internal use;
  • Procedural or policy manuals;
  • Responses to requests for agency records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, or other similar laws;
  • Information relating solely to correspondence with individuals or persons; and
  • Press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that ACF has disseminated elsewhere.