The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued guidelines for the peer review of important scientific information before it is disseminated by the Federal Government. OMB published its "Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review" in the Federal Register on January 14, 2005, at 70 FR 2664-2677. The Bulletin provides specific requirements for peer reviews of highly influential scientific assessments and influential scientific information that are disseminated by Federal agencies, including posting the agenda and plans for such peer reviews on agency websites.
USDA has also issued Scientific Research Guidelines/Peer Review standards that USDA agencies and offices will follow in developing and reviewing scientific research information and disseminating it to the public.
At this time, ERS has no agenda of forthcoming highly influential scientific assessments to post on its website in accordance with OMB's Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review.
ERS's economists and social scientists conduct research to inform public and private decisionmaking on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development. The agency's research program is aimed at the information needs of USDA, other public policy officials, and the research community. ERS information and analysis is also used by the media, trade associations, public interest groups, and the general public. ERS disseminates economic information and research results through an array of outlets.
ERS has two types of report series that could contain potentially influential scientific information: ERS research reports; and Outlook Special Reports. The peer review process varies for each series. All reports in each series are included in ERS's peer review agenda for potentially influential scientific information.
Cleared manuscripts are posted on the ERS website. For a complete list, see the Publications catalog.
In accordance with OMB's Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, ERS's Peer Review Agenda for potentially influential scientific information is reported below. The agenda is updated quarterly.
|Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision||Economic Research Report|
|Factors Affecting the Demand for Convenience Foods||Economic Research Report|
|Ownership of Oil and Gas Rights and Farm Sector Income and Wealth||Economic Information Bulletin|
|Factors contributing to changes in commodity markets, prices, and agricultural trade for the United States and the world||Economic Research Report|
|Returns to Farming||Economic Research Report|
|Agricultural Market Access Under Tariff Rate Quotas||Economic Research Report|
|Analytical Agriculture Sector Projection Models: Documentation||Economic Research Report|
|Which School Food Authorities Pay More for Food Used in USDA School Meal Programs?||Economic Research Report|
|The Association between Restaurant Menu Label Use and Caloric Intake||Economic Research Report|
For information on ERS's agenda and plans for peer reviews of highly influential scientific assessments and influential scientific information, contact:
Economic Research Service
355 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024-3221
Phone: (202) 694-5626
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Last updated: Wednesday, January 03, 2018
For more information contact: Cynthia Nickerson
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