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MSHA Information Quality Guidelines
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued government-wide information quality guidelines in accordance with Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure and maximize the quality, utility, objectivity, and integrity of information disseminated by Federal agencies. The guidelines direct each Federal agency to issue its own Section 515 guidelines. As part of the Department of Labor, MSHA follows DOL's information quality guidelines, as well as the OMB guidelines.
Information Quality Assurance Process
MSHA has adopted well-established quality assurance techniques to ensure the quality of information disseminated. Information is subject to internal agency quality control and audit, and any appropriate Department level reviews, before being disseminated to the public. When MSHA posts information on its web site, it adheres to DOL's Public Web Site Review and Clearance Process. MSHA's quality assurance techniques and methods include certification of information prior to official release to ensure that erroneous data are not released or to identify data of marginal quality.
As part of its commitment to information quality, MSHA encourages communication with its users. MSHA fosters discussions with the public at large by making it easy to reach staff by a variety of formats, including phone, mail, and email. MSHA encourages those with questions or concerns about information the agency publishes to notify the contact person specifically identified in most published documents.
How to submit an information quality correction request to MSHA:
Persons who believe that MSHA has disseminated information that does not meet its guidelines, or those of the DOL or OMB and who wish to follow a formal complaint process, may send their complaint to Syed Hafeez, Deputy Director, Program Evaluation and Information Resources. Notification may be by email to Hafeez.Syed@dol.gov, telephone (202) 693-9753 - or sent directly to Mr. Mattos at MSHA, 1100 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209-3939.
Persons wishing to file a complaint relating to the quality of information disseminated by MSHA should:
How to make an administrative appeal:
If a complainant is dissatisfied with the initial response to a complaint, he or she may submit an appeal. A complainant may appeal within forty five days of the date the agency notified them how it would handle the complaint or one hundred and five days from the date on which the agency first received the complaint, whichever is later. The appeal request should contain the same contact and descriptive information that was provided in the original complaint and the specific reasons why the initial agency response was not satisfactory. Once an appeal decision has been rendered MSHA will notify the affected person.
These guidelines do not apply to the following:
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