Comments on the role of the Federal Government in promoting quality improvement were quite limited. One facility administrator stated that she saw the Federal Government's role focused on data collection, but that the states should be taking the lead on quality improvement programs. The corporate vice president for clinical services stated that she wasn't certain exactly what the role of the Federal Government should be, but that their involvement was critical, primarily because of their responsibility for funding. She noted several possible areas for the Federal Government involvement--data management, producing national trends, and disseminating best practices. She felt that an effort to maximize the utility and applicability of the data to multiple agencies and organizations was important.