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 CDC


CDC will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and CDC guidelines. It is CDC'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. CDC guidelines do not apply to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). While NCHS is a component of CDC, NCHS is the nation's principal health statistics agency and as such has separate guidelines.

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 information in all media — print, electronic, audiovisual, and oral. They apply to substantive information, such as studies and reports, rather than to information pertaining to basic agency operations. Information that is disseminated at the request of CDC or with specific CDC approval through a contract, a grant, or a cooperative agreement is subject to these guidelines.

Examples are provided below of the types of information that the CDC considers within and outside the scope of the guidelines.

  1. Covered Information
    • Scientific research papers, books, journal articles, reports, and similar materials, unless they have disclaimers to distinguish the research from CDC views and positions;
    • Other official reports, brochures, documents, newsletters, and audiovisual products;
    • Oral information, including speeches, interviews, expert opinions only if representing CDC's views, official positions, or policies;
    • Statistical information - statistical analyses, aggregated information by programs.
  2. Information Not Covered
    • Documents not authored by CDC (either directly or by contract) and not representing official views, including research and science supported by CDC funding;
    • Opinions where the presentation makes it clear that what is being offered is personal opinion rather than fact or CDC's views;
    • Archival information disseminated by CDC (for example, Internet distribution of published articles);
    • 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 public health program to assess the success in achieving its objectives, technical assistance reports, training materials, manuals;
    • Information intended to be limited to public filings, subpoenas, or adjudicative processes;
    • Press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that CDC has disseminated elsewhere.