Quality of Information

In order to ensure the quality, objectivity, utility and objectivity of information, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has established procedures to allow members of the public to seek and obtain correction of information it disseminates. We in APHIS have done this in accordance with Section 515 of Public Law 106-554, codified at 44 U.S.C. 3516, and in accordance with USDA’s Quality of Information Guidelines available at: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/policy-directives-records-forms/information-quality-activities

Information to be Submitted with a Request for Correction

To seek a correction of information, please submit a written request as follows:

We do not intend this guidance to be a set of legally binding requirements. However, we may be unable to meet your request in a timely fashion, or at all, if you omit one or more of these elements. We do not intend to imply that, as an individual, you have any rights to request amendment of your own records beyond those permitted by the Privacy Act of 1974 or other organization specific laws.

Where to Submit a Formal Request for Correction

Please submit your request for correction of APHIS information by letter, fax, or email to:

Connie Williams
Quality of Information Officer
USDA/APHIS/Policy and Program Development, Unit 120
Riverdale, MD 20737
Fax: 301 734-5899
Email: connie.m.williams@aphis.usda.gov

Agency Review of Requests

Based on its review of the information you provide, APHIS will:

Public Disclosure of Requests for Correction of Information Disseminated by APHIS and Requests for Reconsideration of Decisions


Privacy Act Information

Privacy Act Statement
USDA is authorized to obtain certain information under Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001 (Public Law No. 106-554, codified at 44 U.S.C. 3516, note). Information is needed by USDA to process the request for correction and allow USDA to reply accordingly. This information is needed by USDA to respond to the requestor and initiate follow-up contact with the requestor if required. Requestors should not send USDA their Social Security Number. Requestors are advised that they do not have to furnish the information but failure to do so may prevent their request from being processed. The information requestors furnish is almost never used for any purpose other than to process and respond to their request. However, USDA may disclose information to a congressional office in response to an inquiry made on behalf of the requestor, to the Department of Justice, a court, other tribunal when the information is relevant and necessary to litigation, or to a contractor or another Federal agency to help accomplish a function related to this process.