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ARS Quality of Information Requests

In compliance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Quality of Information Guidelines (see, this page provides information pertaining to requests for correction of information disseminated by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS).  Requestors seeking a correction should follow the procedure described at:

The USDA Information Quality Guidelines correction mechanisms are not intended to imply any rights of individuals to request amendment of their own records beyond those permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 or other organization specific laws.

Where to Submit a Formal Request for Correction

All requests for correction of ARS information must be submitted by letter, fax, or email to:


Quality of Information Officer
Jill C Stetka
National Programs
Office of Associate Administrator

Management and Program Analysis
Phone: (301) 504-4581
Fax: (301) 504-4580
Room 4-2144
BELTSVILLE, MD, 20705-5135

Information That Should Be Submitted to ARS with a Request for Correction

Requests for correction of information should include the following elements:

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.  


Requests for Correction Received by ARS

No Requests for Correction Have Been Received From October 2014 through the present.

Requests for Reconsideration of ARS Decisions

No Requests for Correction Have Been Received From October 2014 through the present.

Privacy Act Statement

USDA is authorized to obtain certain information under Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for FiscalYear 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.

Peer Review

Based on the review it has conducted, at this time the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has no agenda of forthcoming influential scientific information or highly influential scientific assessments to post on its website in accordance with OMB's Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.

Contact :

Peer Review Officer
Robert MacDonald
Office of National Programs
Agricultural Research Service
United States Department of Agriculture
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Room 4-2142
Beltsville, Maryland 20705
Phone: (301)-504-1184

A copy of the ARS Peer Review statement is available online.