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Statistical Quality Standards

In 2002, the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Information Quality Guidelines[i] directing all federal agencies to develop their own information quality guidelines. In September 2006, the OMB issued Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys[ii], also known as Statistical Policy Directive (SPD) 2, which specify requirements for federal statistical agencies to ensure that their information products satisfy the information quality guidelines. The Census Bureau began developing our standards in May 2006 with the initial release in May 2010. These standards continue to evolve with this being our latest release:

We welcome comments to improve the standards at Quality@Census.gov.


Historical Record

[i] United States Office of Management and Budget, Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies, Federal Register, Washington D.C., February 22, 2002, 67 FR 8452-8460, https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2002/02/22/R2-59/guidelines-for-ensuring-and-maximizing-the-quality-objectivity-utility-and-integrity-of-information, Accessed on 27 October 2020.

[ii] United States Office of Management and Budget, Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington D.C., 2006, https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/omb/inforeg/statpolicy/standards_stat_surveys.pdf Accessed on 27 October 2020.

Page Last Revised - March 2, 2023
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