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®: CRE Regulatory Action of the Week

Interagency Committee Certifies that Final Report on Climate Change Effects Meets IQA Guidelines

On May 27, 2008, the U.S. federal government published a final report on climate change effects in the United States. The report is entitled the Effects of Climate Change on Agriculture, Land Resources, Water Resources, and Biodiversity in the United States, Final Report, Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.3. The report is published by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (“CCSP”), which is an interagency committee of the federal government.

On the website containing the Report, the CCSP prominently certifies that the Report was prepared in accordance with the Department of Commerce and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Information Quality Act Guidelines:

"This document, one of the Synthesis and Assessment Products described in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Strategic Plan was prepared in accordance with Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law 106-554) and the Information Quality Act guidelines issued by the Department of Commerce and NOAA pursuant to Section 515). The CCSP Interagency Committee relies on Department of Commerce and NOAA certifications regarding compliance with Section 515 and Department guidelines as the basis for determining that this product conforms with Section 515. For purposes of compliance with Section 515, this CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product is an ‘interpreted product’ as that term is used in NOAA guidelines and is classified as 'highly influential.'"

  • Click here to read a final report by the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and the Subcommittee on Global Change Research