Pacific Southwest RegionCalifornia, Nevada and Klamath Basin
Peer Review of Scientific Information
Enhancing the Quality and Credibility of Information In order to ensure the quality and credibility of the scientific information we use to make regulatory 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 on the Web about how each peer review is to be conducted, as described in the checklist in the opposite column.
Peer Review of Region 8 Scientific Information:
We have identified the following documents as meeting the OMB criteria of peer review for influential scientific information. Click on a title to get more information about that document and the peer review process we have set up for it. This list will be updated as necessary.
Peer Review Checklist
Sustaining the Science...
This checklist describes information that will be posted on the Web when we conduct a peer review, following guidelines detailed in the OMB Peer Review Bulletin.
About the document
• Short description of the document
• Estimated dissemenation date of the final version of the document
About the peer review process
• Kind of peer review that will be conducted
◦ Individual letters,
◦ National Academy of Sciences review, or
◦ Other procedure approved by OMB
• Anticipated number of reviewers
• Reviewer selection method
◦ Reviewers selected by the Service or
◦ Reviewers selected by a designated outside organization
• Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review (describe).
• Estimated start date of peer review
About public participation
• Opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed (Indicate whether such public comments will be sought and describe how comments are to be submitted.)
• Indicate whether the public, including scientific or professional organizations, will be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers.
• contact information for one or more staff regarding this peer review.
In the Public Interest...
Ensuring the Quality and Credibility of Information...
The Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to using sound science in its decision-making and to providing the American public with information of the highest quality possible.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using data standards to increase the quality and compatibility of its data. This approach will increase opportunities to share data and reduce incidents of redundant data development. Visit our data standards page for more. This web page also includes links to the formal process for establishing data standards and to the definitions of terms used in the data standards.
Federal agencies are required to publish guidelines for ensuring the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information we use and disseminate, and to provide mechanisms for allowing the public to seek correction of that information.
This web site is intended to meet those requirements. In addition to our information quality guidelines and those of the Department of the Interior, we also present here our responses to inquiries concerning the quality of information on specific topics.
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