What is Section 515?
An important part of the work of most Federal agencies includes the collection
and dissemination of information related to their missions. The Paperwork
Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35) establishes requirements for many of those
agencies regarding some aspects of their collection and dissemination of
In December 2000, a new law took effect (section 515 of the Treasury and
General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001, Public Law 106-554),
that requires agencies subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act, including the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to issue guidelines by October 1,
2002, for the purpose of "ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity,
utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information)
disseminated by Federal agencies."
The Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of Information
Disseminated to the Public explains scope and applicability, information that
is covered and not covered, types of information disseminated, types of
dissemination methods, and much more.