Peer Review of Scientific Information

Ensuring the Quality and Credibility of Information

Why Peer Review?
While we have always consulted experts to ensure our decisions are based on sound science, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service also uses a formal peer-review process under the  Information Quality Act for influential scientific documents. Peer review improves the quality and credibility of scientific information we use to make regulatory decisions. We follow the guidelines for Federal agencies spelled out in the Office of Management and Budget’s  Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.

Annual Hunting Regulations
In developing the annual migratory bird hunting (harvest) regulations, the Migratory Bird Program relies on a well-defined process of monitoring data collection and scientific assessment.

At key points during that process, flyway technical committees and flyway councils (representing State natural resources agencies), consultants, the public, and in some instances international regulatory agencies, review and provide valuable input on technical assessments or other documents related to proposed regulatory decisions. All assessments pertaining to setting annual harvest regulations are deemed “highly influential”; however they are exempted by an  annual waiver (175.8KB) from strict application of peer-review guidelines due to the compressed time schedule associated with the regulatory process. Therefore, peer-review plans for technical assessments which influence annual hunting regulations decisions will not be posted on this page.

While assessments influential to annual regulatory decision-making are covered under this general waiver, the Migratory Bird Program has a long-history of subjecting applicable portions of such technical assessments to formal peer review through submission to scientific journals, or other means, in addition to the review and scrutiny received as part of the annual regulatory process.

All other regulatory and non-regulatory technical reports are subject to peer-review guidelines and will have peer-review plans posted.

Part of the peer review process is to provide information on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in this  checklist.

Peer Review Links

 The Information Quality Act (Sec. 515, P.L. 106-554)

 Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review

 Service Information Quality Page

 Service Peer Review Page

 Service Science Excellence Page

Peer Review Agenda

We have identified the following documents and are in the process of developing peer review plans to meet OMB requirements.

Date Posted Document Title
11/10/16  Peer Review Plan: Proposed Revision to Nonpurposeful Take Regulations for Eagles(282.9KB)

Last Updated: February 21, 2018