Information Quality

About Quality of Information

In compliance with the requirement of the USDA Information Quality Guidelines, this page provides information pertaining to request for correction of information disseminated by CNPP.

The USDA Information Quality Guidelines correction mechanisms are not intended to imply any rights of individuals to request amendments 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 CNPP information must be submitted by letter, fax, or email to:

Colette Rihane
Quality of Information Officer
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA
3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1034
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 305-7600
Fax: (703) 305-3300

Information to be Submitted with a Request for Correction

To seek a correction of information, please submit a written request as follows:
• State that your request for correction of information is submitted under Section 515 of Public Law 106-554 or under USDA's Information Quality Guidelines

• Include your name, mailing address, fax number (or e-mail address), telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any.

• Clearly describe the information you believe to be in error and want corrected. Include the name of CNPP's publication, report or information product, the date of its issuance, and a detailed description of the information you feel should be corrected.

• State in detail why you feel the information should be corrected and, if possible, recommend specifically how it should be corrected. Please clarify which USDA Information Quality Guidelines were not followed or were not sufficient. Provide documentary evidence, such as comparable data, which will help in our review.

• Explain how you use the information and how you have been harmed by the alleged error.

We do not intend this guidance to be a set of legally binding requirements. However, we may be unable to meet your request in a timely fashion, or at all, if you omit one or more of these elements. We do not intend to imply that, as an individual, you have any rights to request amendment of your own records beyond those permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 or other organization specific laws.

Agency Review of Requests

Based on its review of the information you provide, CNPP will:

• Determine whether a correction is warranted and, if so, what action to take. The nature, influence, and timeliness of the information involved, the significance of the correction, and the magnitude of the effort will be considered in deciding the level of review and any corrective action.

• Respond to you by letter, e-mail, or fax within 20 working days. Our response will explain the findings of the review and the actions we will take. If your request will require more than 20 working days to resolve, we will state the reason for the additional time and provide an estimated decision date.

• Inform you of your appeal rights and the appeal process, if your request will not be met.

Public Disclosure of Requests for Correction of Information Disseminated by CNPP and Requests for Reconsideration of CNPP Decisions.

Requests for Correction Received By CNPP

No Requests for Correction have been received from October 2002 through the present.

Requests for Reconsideration of CNPP Decisions

No Requests for Reconsideration have been received from October 2002 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 Fiscal Year 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

As required under the Office of Management and Budget’s “Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review,” published in the Federal Register on January 14, 2005, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion performs reviews on an annual basis to determine if any activities being performed meet the Bulletin’s standards for being “highly influential scientific assessments” or “influential scientific information.”

The Agency has concluded that no highly influential scientific assessments are being performed. A recent project has been completed with a release of a policy document on January 31, 2011, that may have the potential for yielding influential scientific information.

Title: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (Peer Review Plan, Peer Review Charge, List of Peer Reviewers, Peer Review Comments)

Description: Section 301 of Public Law 101-445 (7 U.S.C. 5341, the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act of 1990, Title III) directs the Secretaries of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) to publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans at least every 5 years. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report was delivered to the Secretaries of USDA and HHS in mid June 2010. The Report was posted on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans website on June 15, 2010, for a 30-day public comment period which ended on July 15, 2010. Comments on the Report were considered during writing of the Dietary Guidelines for Americas, 2010. This document (also referred to as the Dietary Guidelines or the DGA) is aimed at Policy Makers, Nutrition Educators, and Health Care Providers to help inform Americans on how to eat a healthier diet and be more physically active. It was published in December 2010 and was publicly released on January 31, 2011.