USDA Information Quality Guidelines
These general information quality guidelines apply to all types
of information disseminated by USDA agencies and offices..
- USDA will strive to ensure and maximize the quality,
objectivity, utility, and integrity of the information that its
agencies and offices disseminate to the public.
- USDA agencies and offices will adopt a basic standard of
quality (including objectivity, utility, and integrity) and take
appropriate steps to incorporate information quality criteria into
their information dissemination practices.
- USDA agencies and offices will review the quality (including
objectivity, utility, and integrity) of information before it is
disseminated to ensure that it complies with the standards set forth
in these Guidelines.
- USDA agencies and offices will treat information quality as
integral to every step in their development of information, including
creation, collection, maintenance, and dissemination.
- In accordance with OMB guidance, when collecting information
that requires OMB clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act, USDA
agencies and offices will demonstrate in the clearance package
submitted to OMB that the information collection would result in
information that will comply with OMB and USDA information quality
The following information quality criteria comprise the general
quality standards that USDA agencies and offices will follow in
developing and reviewing information and disseminating it to the
- USDA agencies and offices will strive to ensure that the
information they disseminate is substantively accurate, reliable, and
unbiased and presented in an accurate, clear, complete, and unbiased
- To the extent possible, consistent with confidentiality
protections, USDA agencies and offices will identify the source of
the information so that the public can assess whether the information
- USDA agencies and offices will assess the usefulness of the
information they disseminate to its intended users, including the
- When transparency of information is relevant for assessing
the information's usefulness from the public's perspective, USDA
agencies and offices will ensure that transparency is addressed in
their review of the information prior to its dissemination.
- USDA agencies and offices will ensure that disseminated
information is accessible to all persons pursuant to the requirements
of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
- USDA agencies and offices will protect information they
maintain from unauthorized access or revision to ensure that
disseminated information is not compromised through corruption or
- USDA agencies and offices will secure their information
resources by implementing the programs and policies required by the
Government Information Security Reform Act.
- USDA agencies and offices will maintain the integrity of
confidential information and comply with the statutory requirements
to protect the information it gathers and disseminates. These
include: The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended; The Paperwork Reduction
Act of 1995; The Computer Security Act of 1987; The Freedom of
Information Act; and OMB Circulars A-123, A-127, and A-130.