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Information Quality Guidelines

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In accordance with OMB guidance, the Treasury guidelines will become effective on October 1, 2002. These guidelines will cover information disseminated on or after October 1, 2002, regardless of when the information was first disseminated.

Treasury bureaus and the Departmental Offices (DO) should use these guidelines to develop processes for disseminating quality information. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will develop Service-wide guidelines and processes.

The guidelines apply to information disseminated to the public in any medium including textual, graphic, narrative, numerical, or audiovisual forms. The guidelines apply to information that agencies post on the Internet. The guidelines also apply to Bureau or Departmental Offices sponsored distribution of information - where the agency directs a third party to distribute information or the agency has the authority to review and approve the information before release. If the Department is to rely on information submitted by a third party, for example, a commenter to a proposed rule, that information would need to meet appropriate standards of objectivity and utility.

The guidelines do not override other compelling interests such as privacy, trade secrets, intellectual property, and other confidentiality protections. The guidelines do not apply to Hyperlinks to information that others disseminate. The guidelines do not apply to opinions where the agency's presentation makes it clear that the material is an opinion or the agency's views rather than fact. In addition, the guidelines do not apply to information disseminated in the following contexts:

  • Dissemination of information limited to government employees or agency contractors or grantees.
  • Dissemination of information intended to be limited to intra- or inter-agency use or sharing of government information.
  • Correspondence with individual persons, archival records, public filings, subpoenas or adjudicative processes.
  • Response to requests for agency records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, or other similar laws.
 
Last Updated: 11/13/2010 8:27 PM

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