|Information Quality Guidelines|
Information Quality Guidelines
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has established procedures to ensure research quality, objectivity, utility and objectivity. These procedures allow the public to seek and obtain correction of information disseminated by the agency. Moreover, these procedures are established in accordance with Section 515 of Public Law 106-554, codified at 44 U.S.C. 3516, and in accordance with the USDA Quality of Information Guidelines available at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/qi_guide/index.html.
Information Quality Requests for Correction of Information Disseminated by
ARS reports annually to OMB the number and nature of complaints received by the agency regarding agency compliance with OMB and agency guidelines and how such complaints are resolved.
Information to be Submitted to ARS with a Request for Correction
To seek a correction of information, a written request with the following elements should be submitted:
This guidance for the content of requests for correction of information is not intended to constitute a set of legally binding requirements. However, the ARS Quality Information Officer may be unable to process, in a timely fashion or at all, requests that omit one or more of the requested elements. Requestors bear the "burden of proof" with respect to the necessity for correction as well as with respect to the type of correction they seek. The ARS Quality Information Officer will base the decision on the merits of the information provided by the requestor.
Where to Submit a Formal Request for Correction
All requests for correction of ARS information must be submitted by letter, fax, or email to:
Valerie Nelson Herberger, Quality of Information Officer
Agricultural Research Service
Phone: (301) 504-1640
FAX: Fax: (301) 504-1648
Agency Review of Requests
Based on its review of the information you provide, ARS will:
Public Disclosure of Requests for Correction of Information Disseminated by ARS and Requests for Reconsideration of ARS Decisions
No Requests for Corrections have been received to date.
No Requests for Reconsideration of ARS decisions have been received to date.
Privacy Act Statement
USDA is authorized to obtain certain information under Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law No. 106-554, codified at 44 U.S.C. 3516, note). Information is needed by USDA to process the request for correction and allow USDA to reply accordingly. This information is needed by USDA to respond to the requestor and initiate follow-up contact with the requestor if required. Requestors should not send USDA their Social Security Number. Requestors are advised that they do not have to furnish the information but failure to do so may prevent their request from being processed. The information requestors furnish is almost never used for any purpose other than to process and respond to their request. However, USDA may disclose information to a congressional office in response to an inquiry made on behalf of the requestor, to the Department of Justice, a court, other tribunal when the information is relevant and necessary to litigation, or to a contractor or another Federal agency to help accomplish a function related to this process.