NIH Information Quality

NIH will ensure that disseminated information meets the standards of quality set forth in the Office of Management and Budget Information Quality Guidelines (OMB Guidelines), the Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of Information Disseminated to the Public (HHS Guidelines), and the NIH Information Quality Guidelines (NIH Guidelines). It is NIH's goal to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information that it disseminates to the public. NIH strives to provide information that is accurate, reliable, clear, complete, unbiased, and useful and is committed to integrating the principle of information quality into every phase of information development, including creation, collection, maintenance, and dissemination.

Appeal Requests

If NIH denies a request for correction, the complainant may send a written request for reconsideration within 30 days of receipt of the agency's decision. The request should state the reasons for the appeal and requestors should reference the NIH tracking number provided in the NIH response to the original request. Requests may be sent as e-mail to or as hard copy to the following address:

Director, Office of Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting
Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health
Building 1, Room 260
1 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892

If sent by hard copy, requestors should clearly mark the outside envelope, "Information Quality Appeal."

NIH will strive to respond to all requests for appeals within 60 calendar days of receipt. If the request requires more than 60 calendar days to resolve, the agency will inform the complainant that more time is required and indicate the reason for the delay and an estimated decision date.

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