Ensuring the Quality and Credibility of Information
In order to ensure the quality and credibility of the scientific information we use to make decisions, the Fish and Wildlife Service has implemented a formal "peer review" process for influential scientific documents. While we have always consulted experts to ensure that our decisions are based on sound science, through this peer review process we follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) "Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review," (PDF, 263 KB) released December 16, 2004. Part of the peer review process is to provide information online about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in the checklist in the opposite column.
Support Contractors Available to Conduct Peer Reviews
To support the objective of scientific integrity and peer review, the Service (and all other DOI agencies) has convenient use of several agreements (contracts). The scope of these available agreements includes:
Click here to view the full Performance Work Statement. The awardees of these agreements are EMPSi, AMEC, and Atkins, and include other teaming partners such as ABR, Geo-Marine, Resolve, Parametrix, and SWCA.
All units of the Service may access these contractors by task order through their servicing contracting offices. The servicing contracting office can request to use these agreements by completing and submitting an Authorization for Use Form via email to Steve Gess, firstname.lastname@example.org, (303) 236-4334.
Click here to view instructions on How to Use the IDIQ Contract.
For more information contact Richard Coleman, email@example.com, (303) 236-4443, Senior Science Advisor and FWS Scientific Integrity Officer.
Peer Review Agenda
To learn more about projects scheduled for peer review in your area, please visit our regional and Washington, DC, peer review sites. Click on the map or locate the region or state of interest in the list below: