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 information.
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.