New Tool For Battling "Junk Science"

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Information quality" is the new buzz phrase in Washington, D.C. The Information Quality Act (IQA), passed in late 2000, has greatly influenced the way federal agencies disseminate information, a broadly defined term that includes just about any government document worth reading. The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently issued guidance on how federal agencies can ensure that all significant science documents are peer reviewed. This move has significant implications for industry.

The IQA is remarkable for its lack of detail. It mandates that OMB establish government-wide standards for ensuring and maximizing the "quality, objectivity, utility and integrity" of information disseminated by federal agencies. OIRA issued final OMB Guidelines early last year, which, among other things, required issuance of agency-specific guidelines by October 2002.

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