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Information Quality Act, Peer Review and the Fish and Wildlife Service Experience
October 2013
Ralph Morgenweck and Rick Coleman

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), implementing the Information Quality Act (IQA) since 2003, received 19 requests for correction and seven appeals of the FWS response through 2011. FWS has submitted 282 pieces of influential information, mostly documents, to peer review during the period 2005-2011. Three pieces of information were highly influential scientific assessments. Peer reviews were conducted using the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Final Information Quality Bulletin (Bulletin) for Peer Review (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/memoranda_fy2005_m05-03/) and responses to requests for correction followed the FWS Information Quality Act Guidelines (http://www.fws.gov/informationquality).