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Document Type

Note

Publication Date

12-2006

Publication Citation

59 Federal Communications Law Journal 215 (2006)

Abstract

In December 2000, Congress passed the Information Quality Act - a two sentence rider to a 712-page Appropriations Bill. The Information Quality Act, which seeks to ensure the quality of government-disseminated information, places the White House Office of Management and Budget in a supervisory role. The Office of Management and Budget subsequently finalized a set of mandatory Guidelines applicable to all federal agencies. Among other things, the Guidelines require adherence to the scientific standard articulated in the 1996 Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act where such agencies engage in risk analysis to human health, safety, and the environment. As of the date of this writing, the FCC has not incorporated this scientific standard. Accordingly, this Note's argument is two pronged: First, the FCC engages in risk analysis that falls within the Office of Management and Budget's mandate; and second, the FCC must adopt or adapt the scientific standard articulated in the 1996 Amendments where it engages in such risk analysis.