Final Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Disseminated Information

The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) implements these Guidelines pursuant to Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001, Pub. L. No. 106-554, and government-wide Guidelines issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OMB Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies, 67 Fed. Reg. 8452 (Feb. 22, 2002) (OMB Guidelines).
The purpose of the OMB guidelines is to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information, including statistical information, disseminated by Federal agencies that are subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. Section 3502(1). As is the intent of OMB’s Guidelines, CSB’s Guidelines focus primarily on the dissemination of substantive information rather than information pertaining to basic agency operations. The Guidelines also apply to information other parties provide to the CSB, if the other parties seek to have the CSB rely upon or disseminate this information or if the CSB decides to rely upon or disseminate the information.
Through these guidelines, the CSB establishes as its performance standard a goal of disseminating information consistent with the OMB and CSB guidelines. The CSB’s pre-dissemination review described in section IV applies to information that the CSB first disseminates on or after October 1, 2002. The administrative mechanism for correcting information that the CSB disseminates applies to information the CSB disseminates on or after October 1, 2002, regardless of when the CSB first disseminated the information.
These Guidelines are suggestions, recommendations, and policy views of the CSB. They are not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legally binding regulations or mandates. They do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or equity, by any party against the United States, its agencies (including the CSB), officers, or employees, or any person.

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