Information Quality and Transparency

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The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) within the National Science Foundation (NSF) is committed to providing information that is objective and transparent, adhering to all guidelines set forth by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As one of 13 principal federal statistical agencies, it is the function of NCSES to “collect, acquire, analyze, report, and disseminate statistical data related to the science and engineering enterprise in the United States and other nations that is relevant and useful to practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and the public.” NCSES’s commitment to quality may be read in its entirety here.

OMB issued government-wide guidelines under section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2001 to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by federal agencies. Federal Register Notice announcing OMB guidelines is provided here: February 22, 2002.

Additionally, the OMB issued standards and guidelines in 2006 for statistical surveys that all federal agencies are required to adhere to. A copy of the guidance is available for review here.

Each federal agency is responsible for issuing its own section 515 guidelines, and as a result, NSF has developed corresponding information quality guidelines that can be reviewed in full in NSF’s Information Quality Guidelines.

If you would like to seek a correction to NSF’s quality information guidelines under section 515, you may submit a completed NSF Information Correction Form via one of the methods below:

Section 515 Information Quality Officer
National Science Foundation
2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax: (703) 292-9804