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Definitive Data Quality Articles

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Recent Cases


CRE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Position 1--Against Hospital Mergers; Position 2--For Hospital Mergers

CMS Applies Same-Sex Couple Policy To Exchanges, But Not Medicaid

White Hat Bias Documented in 3rd Data Quality Act Request for Correction Filed by

FTC Martin Gaynor is Advised That A Key Study on Hospital Mergers Is Inaccurate

PCTC Files 3rd Information Request

Of Mollusks and Men: The Wilderness Act and Drakes Bay Oyster Company

NHTSA admits 85% helmet effectiveness claim violates Data Quality Act

European Studies on Bees are not Compliant with the Data Quality Act

Request for Reconsideration of Information Quality Act Request for Correction Regarding Impacts of Biofuel Mandates on Global Hunger and Mortality

Drakes Bay: Integrity in Information Quality Complaints

Jaguars and junk science

Helmet safety claims overstated

Republican report: Critical Thinking on Climate Change

Data Quality is not an Act, it is a Habit

Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle, and Nonroad Technical Amendments

H.R. 2122, Regulatory Accountability Act of 2013

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) Files Amicus Curiae Brief

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness (CRE) Files Amicus Curiae Brief


DQA Atrazine

DQA Buffalo

NASA GISS caught changing past data again – violates Data Quality Act

911 Directed Energy, NIST Data Quality Act - Jerry Leaphart.mp4

DQA Articles

Study Shows Fracking Emissions Lower than EPA Estimates

Northern Dynasty Comments at Public Hearings on the EPA's Draft Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Report

CRE Briefs NAS/NRC Review Committee on Data Quality Standards

Senators Seek Review Of Inspector's Work On Drilling Report

Atrazine and the Roots of ALEC's State Data Quality Act

Sometimes Data Quality is the Law

Styrene Makers Fight Carcinogen Ruling

AHRC project Understanding Information Quality Standards and their Challenges (2011-2013)

House Republicans subpoena documents about Obama administration's deep-water moratorium

Regulation Creates Jobs?


Ravalli County commissioner to speak at wolf coordination meeting

Industry Signals Data Law Attack On EPA Air Rules Over Formaldehyde Risks

Vitter Calls on White House to Account for “Scientific Misconduct” in Federal Agencies

Request for Correction 40 CFR §302, Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification

Public Interest Groups Challenge Misleading Government Information Used to Justify Ethanol Mandates and Subsidies

EPA Biofuel Mandates Intensify World Hunger

House subcommittee holds hearing on environmental regulation and its impact on the economy

Daily Caller on DQA Peer Review

The EPA's Endangerment Finding Is Very Endangered

EPA’s Internal Watchdog Says EPA’s Climate Change Science Is Sloppy


Happy Birthday Wishes to the Data Quality Act

New Senate Bill Would Ensure Quality Control In Climate Data

Groups sue to block CSA 2010

Conservative leaders attack Browner, Administration and Upton on climate science and clean energy

Editorial: Drilling Moratorium Lives

Center for Regulatory Effectiveness on FDA's Public Participation Program: Forcing the Public to Review Discredited Studies

National Cattlemens Beef Association States Serious Concerns in Comments Submitted to USDA on GIPSA Rule

How Effective are Pre-Appeal Brief Conferences?

A Combustible Mix For White House: Gulf Oil Spill And Politics

Edit Made Error In Drilling-Freeze Memo

All 2010 articles


The Great Cranberry Scare of 1959

DOT requires third party data to meet DQA guidelines

Holmes Crossing RFR Response

Complaint About Information Quality

Usability and Accessibility Expert Review for the CSPI Process Asset Library (PAL) Internal Web site

Small Businesses Have a Champion on First Coast

Understanding the Role of Science in Regulation

Controversial EPA Ruling Linked to 'Climategate' E-mails

Do humans influence temperature records?

Independent Panel Supports Fish Agency Science

All 2009 articles


Bleep the science! What about the law?

Change for America on Science and Tech Policy, Part 4: The Office of Science and Technology Policy

Travel Management Directives; Forest Service Manual 2350, 7700, and 7710 and Forest Service Handbook 7709.55

The Greatest Cause?

What really ticks me off about the McCain/Palin health plan

Drug czar attacks!

“Doubt Is Their Product”, the One Book To Read If You Want To Understand the Fight

Are McCain/Palin hazardous to your health? Oh, Yeah!

ISO-8000 Data Quality - something climate science could benefit from

Republican War on Science

All 2008 articles


Consumer groups lodge complaint about FCC studies

Son of Shelby

DQA at the FCC

Florida Panther Information

Everybody wants to get into the [Data Quality] Act II

Medical marijuana group moves to hasten outcome in federal lawsuit

WHO fails to use quality evidence in recommendations

Former Nixon/Reagan administration official tells FCC to deep-six Localism Study once more

Turning the Tables with Mary Jane

Should Government be forced to tell the truth?

All 2007 articles


Information Quality Act: Expanded Oversight and Clearer Guidance by the Office of Management and Budget Could Improve Agencies' Implementation of the Act, GAO-06-765

The Government Pseudoscience Jig is Up - Data Quality Act E-Rulemaking and Data Quality

ViroPharma Pursues Citizen Petition to Block FDA Approval of Generic Vancomycin

'A Regulation on Regulations'

Nanotechnology: Data Quality Act Strikes Again

Protecting Special Interests in the Name of "Good Science"

Business Thinks Data Rule Isn't Worth Its Salt

All 2006 articles


Corporate Science Politicization

Science Experiment: Industries Are Using a Landmark Case and a 2001 Law to Block Regulation, Critics Say

Misuse(s) of the Information Quality Act

Accounting For Science: The Independence Of Public Research In The New, Subterranean Administrative Law

Industry Lobbyist Blows Smoke For Medical Marijuana Advocates

"Hungry? Eat an Environmentalist": From Earth Day to Regulatory Reform, 1970-1980

NGO's Use The Data Quality Act

Agency Admits Panther Whistleblower Was Right

All 2005 articles


Former EPA General Counsel Recommends Data Quality Reforms

Is Environmental Data the Missing Link?

Save the Endangered Species Act


U.S. District Court Rules HHS Data Quality Petition Denial is Not Judicially Reviewable

Regulations law wouldn’t apply to NOAA under Senate measure

The Neutered CRS Report On The Data Quality Act

Paralysis by Analysis: Jim Tozzi's regulation to end all regulation.

'Data Quality' Law Is Nemesis Of Regulation

All 2004 articles

2003 - 1997

Information Quality and the Law, or, How to Catch a Difficult Horse

Read CRE's Legislative Working Papers on Data Access and Data Quality

House Initiates Action on Data Quality
Based upon the recommendations of CRE, the House incorporated a Data Quality provision in the report accompanying the FY 1999 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 4104) that urged OMB to develop policy and procedural guidance to federal agencies in order to ensure and maximize the "quality," "objectivity," "utility," and "integrity" of information which the federal government disseminates to the pubic. The Senate followed the House's lead, and relevant language was included in the conference report to Pub. Law No. 105-277. The House later included nearly identical mandatory language in the FY 2001 Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act (H.R. 5658) which statutorily directs OMB to issue guidelines for Data Quality, and this provision has been incorporated into the FY 2001 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 4577). CRE anticipates passage of this important provision that will set government-wide standards for information quality, including opportunity to petition agencies for correction of information that does not meet such standards.

  • Click here to read more, including the Data Quality language from the FY 1999 House bill and Conference Report, the FY 2001 House bill and Conference Report, as well as CRE's Legislative Working Papers on Data Access and Data Quality.

    President Signs Data Quality Legislation (Federal Data Quality Act (FDQA)) (Public Law 106-554 Section 515)
    The Congress has passed and the President has signed important new Data Quality legislation as part of the FY 2001 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 106-554). Building upon the Data Quality report language contained in the FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act (P.L. 105-277), this new provision requires OMB to develop government-wide standards for the quality of information used and disseminated by the federal government, with such standards to be completed not later than September 30, 2001. OMB must also include a mechanism through which the interested public can petition agencies to correct information which does not meet the OMB standard. Congress has provided for broad input in developing the Data Quality standard, mandating that OMB shall seek "public and Federal agency involvement."
  • Click to read more, including the Statutory Language for Data Quality and Past Report Language

  • Data Quality: Partners of Washington, D.C. Law Firm Author Article on Impacts of Tozzi v. DHHS Case: CRE Sees Major Implications for Data Quality Act
    Partners at Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., a D.C. law firm specializing in chemical, medical device, and diagnostic product approval and regulation, recently authored an article entitled "The Tozzi Decision: Another Arrow in Manufacturers' Quiver in Product Defense Wars." Although the article emphasized the importance of the court's decision for designations in the National Toxicology Program's Report on Carcinogens Program, CRE believes that it will have even greater significance for judicial review under the Data Quality Act. For example, the opinion provides precedent for standing when information disseminated by a federal agency is causing harm to a company or person to whom the information relates.

  • Click to read the Bergeson & Campbell article on Tozzi v. DHHS from the EPA Administrative Law Reporter
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    Washington Legal Foundation (WLF) Article Seeks Increased Judicial Review of Agency Science
    Alan Raul and Julie Zampa, of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, recently authored a WLF Legal Backgrounder entitled "Deeper Judicial Scrutiny Needed for Agencies' Use of Science." This thought-provoking article analyzed new ground broken by the Tozzi v. DHHS case in terms of expanding judicial review of federal agencies' use of science. Data Quality Act guidelines are also discussed as a positive step to improve transparency of agency decisionmaking and the quality of agency science. However, the article notes that courts have adopted very inconsistent approaches in conducting reviews of agency science, with some serious and probative, but others overly deferential. The authors conclude that the Tozzi case took a valuable step by increasing availability of judicial review, one which courts must build upon by exercising these enhanced powers so as to review agency science in a more consistent, predictable, and probative manner.

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  • Risk Policy Report Publishes Article on the Federal Information Triangle
    Risk Policy Report, a preeminent publication in the field of risk analysis, has published an article on the Federal Information Triangle tracing its origins to the creation of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and its attendant regulatory statutes, the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Data Quality Act. The Risk Policy Report is a publication of Inside Washington Publishers.

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