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1 CENDI/NFAIS Quality Workshop: The Importance of Quality and Integrity Kevin Kirby, Enterprise Data Architect US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Environmental Information, Quality Staff (202) 566-1656 1 For Conference Purposes Only Prepared Nov 18, 2014

2 Presentation Roadmap  Quality: A Federal Policy Perspective  The Lifecycles in Data Quality / Data Management  Quality at EPA: An Agency Context  Quality at EPA: Information Quality Guidelines  Implementing Quality at EPA: - Standards, Registries, Controlled Vocabularies 2

3 Quality: A Federal Perspective  The Data Act, 2014  The Open Data Policy, 2013  The Information Quality Act, 2002  The Enterprise Architecture link 3

4 Federal Perspectives: The Data Act  The DATA Act: Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, Public Law No. 113-101 - Signed into law May 9, 2014113-101  The DATA Act is the nation's first legislative mandate for data transparency. - Requires open, standardized data, and to publish that data online. 4

5 Federal Perspectives: The Open Data Policy  The Open Data Policy: Managing Data as an Information Resource  Pursuant to Executive Order of May 9, 2013; Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information - “…establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information's life cycle to promote interoperability and openness.”  The Open Data Initiative 5

6 Federal Perspectives: The Information Quality Act  Enacted as Section 515 of the Fiscal Year 2001 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 106-554)  Required OMB to issue guidelines that provide policy and procedural guidance to Federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by Federal agencies Requires each Federal Agency to issue guidelines; establish administrative processes for correction of information; report annually to OMB Issued February 2002 (67FR 8452) 6

7 Federal EA Framework 7 Mapping EPA Data to the Enterprise Architecture Framework.

8 Data Lifecycles: The Models 8

9 Lifecycle Models 9

10 Data Lifecycle Models 10

11 Geospatial Data Lifecycle 11

12 Data Lifecycle Model 12 PLANCOLLECT INTEGRATE & TRANSFORM PUBLISH DISCOVER & INFORM ARCHIVE OR DISCARD Simplified Data Lifecycle: Cradle to Grave

13 EPA Data Lifecycle Framework 13

14 14 Quality at EPA: An Agency Context

15 EPA Headquarters Office Headquarters Office of Administration and Resources Management Office of Air and Radiation Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office of the Chief Financial Officer Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Office of Environmental Information Office of General Counsel Office of International and Tribal Affairs Office of Research and Development Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response Office of Water 15

16 EPA Regional Offices 16

17 Office of Environmental Information “Knowledge on Demand” 17 Assistant Administrator (Chief Information Officer ) Office of Information Collection (OIC) Office of Technology Operations and Planning (OTOP) Office of Information Analysis and Access (OIAA) Quality Staff Office of Program Management (OPM)

18 18 Quality at EPA: Information Quality Guidelines

19 EPA Information Quality Guidelines  EPA Information Quality Guidelines (October, 2002) “Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by the Environmental Protection Agency”  Provides policy and procedural guidance on how EPA ensures quality of disseminated information, including * EPA Peer Review Process, * Action Development Process, * Quality Program Framework * Risk Characterization Handbook  Describes administrative mechanism used for public challenges to EPA disseminated information, including * Requests for Correction * Requests for Reconsideration 19

20 EPA Information Quality Guidelines Reference existing Agency policies  Quality System  Peer Review Policy  Action Development Process  Risk Characterization Policy and Handbook  Program-Specific Policies Agency Guidance Developed  A Summary of General Assessment Factors for Evaluating the Quality of Scientific and Technical Information (SPC, 2002)  EPA Pre-Dissemination Review Guidelines (OEI, 2006) 20

21 Administrative Mechanism 21 KEY: Quality Staff (QS), Information Owner (IO), Stakeholders (STK), Office of General Counsel Attorney-Advisor (OGC) Requests come to OEI QS SCOPING MEETING (QS, IO, STK, OGC) Prepare DRAFT RESPONSE (IO) FINAL DRAFT RESPONSE (QS, IO, STK, OGC input) CLEARANCE PROCESS (OGC, CIO, OMB) Send FINAL RESPONSE (IO) (Goal to respond in 90 days) Request for Correction Process

22 EPA IQG Requests for Correction As of Nov 1, 2014 22

23 Implementing Quality at EPA  Quality System Assessments  Quality Management Plan reviews  EPA / ECOS adopted Data Standards  EPA System of Registries  EPA Environmental Data Gateway  EPA Field Operations Guidelines 23

24 FOG Quality Guidelines Personnel / Training Document Control Records Management Sample Handling Field Documentation 24 Field Equipment Field Inspections Reports Internal Audits Corrective Action

25 New Developments  Modest increase in number of IQG requests (FY 2010)  D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals decision (March, 2010) may open door to judicial review of agencies IQA responses  Increase in IQG requests challenging information that supports on-going agency action, such as IRIS assessments and TMDL development.  EPA approved the Field Operations Guidance as a Procedure under the EPA Quality Policy 25


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