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 IHS


IHS will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the OMB, HHS and IHS guidelines. It is IHS’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 guidelines apply only to the dissemination of substantive information that the IHS initiates or sponsors. The IHS information to which these guidelines would apply are programmatic statistics and IHS program and policy information.

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.

  1. Information that is subject to the Information Quality Guidelines includes:

    • Statistical clinical information
    • Actuarial information
    • Epidemiological information
    • Studies and summaries prepared for public dissemination to inform the public about the impact of IHS programs
    • Studies and summaries prepared for use in formulating broad program policy
  2. Information that is not subject to the Information Quality Guidelines includes:

    • Personal information received as a result of agency adjudicative decisions
    • Information pertaining to basic agency operations
    • Program publications, such as pamphlets and notices, that describe Area and regional programs
    • Clinical program information
    • Information on how to apply for third party program benefits
    • Procedural and policy manuals
    • Management information that is produced primarily for internal use
    • Press releases that support the announcement or give public notice of information that IHS has disseminated elsewhere.