The Quest for Fault-Free Information

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Courtesy of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

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The Information Quality Act (IQA) was passed as an obscure amendment to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) appropriations bill in 2000. Some people believe IQA to be an answer to many of the industry woes that have resulted from faulty information disseminated by the federal government.

IQA required OMB to establish government-wide standards by September 2001 to ensure and maximize the "quality, objectivity, utility and integrity”
of information disseminated by federal agencies. OMB issued guidelines implementing IQA on Feb. 22, 2002. The guidelines required federal agencies subject to IQA — those agencies subject to the Paper Reduction Act — to issue guidelines ensuring data quality by Oct. 1, 2002. The guidelines require federal agencies to establish administrative mechanisms allowing affected persons to seek and obtain correction of noncompliant information maintained and/or disseminated by a federal agency.

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