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Information Quality - USGS Peer Review Agenda

(Updated February 2017)

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directive, Final Information Quality Bulletin for Peer Review, dated December 16, 2004 (263 KB PDF), requires that there be a "systematic process of peer review planning" and access to a list of information products for official dissemination that will be peer reviewed as either influential scientific information or highly influential scientific assessments.

For those information products for official dissemination that will be peer reviewed as influential scientific information or highly influential scientific assessments, (as defined in the OMB directive), the USGS provides the following agenda of current OMB peer review plan entries.

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Peer Review Plan Entries

The USGS peer review plan entries below will be updated as necessary to maintain currentness. Once peer review is complete for the influential product, summary material related to the peer review that was conducted will also be posted. A link to or information about availability of the disseminated product will be included in the results document.

Influential Scientific Information

Working or Final Title Peer Review Plan Completed Peer Review Summary Document
Conservation challenges emerging from free-roaming horse management: a vexing social-ecological mismatch PDF [18 KB]  
Brackish Groundwater Resources Assessment of the United States PDF [18 KB] PDF [19 KB]
Mineral resources of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming PDF [20 KB] PDF [30 KB]
INVASIVESNET initiative: towards the development of the International Association for Open Knowledge on Invasive Alien Species PDF [18 KB] PDF [28 KB]
Coal-Tar-Based Sealcoat: Potential Concerns for Human Health and Aquatic Life PDF [18 KB] PDF [36 KB]
Risk Assessment of Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) in the Great Lakes Basin PDF [37 KB] PDF [49 KB]
Exposure to runoff from coal-tar-sealed pavement induces genotoxicity and impairment of DNA repair capacity in the RTL-W1 fish liver cell line PDF [18 KB] PDF [26 KB]
Impacts of Proposed Sediment Borrow Pits on Nearshore Wave Climate and Longshore Sediment Transport Rate along Breton Island, LA PDF [62.6 KB] PDF [23 KB]
Acute toxicity of runoff from sealcoated pavement to Ceriodaphnia dubia and Pimephales promelas PDF [27 KB] PDF [29 KB]
Particle Tracking for Selected Groundwater Wells in the Lower Yakima River Basin, Washington PDF [18 KB] PDF [21 KB]
PAH Concentrations in Lake Sediment Decline Following 2006 Ban on Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealants in Austin, Texas PDF [18.1 KB] PDF [29 KB]
Using Resistance and Resilience Concepts to Reduce Impacts of Annual Grasses and Altered Fire Regimes on the Sagebrush Ecosystem and Sage-Grouse–A Strategic Multi-Scale Approach PDF [18.3 KB] PDF [24 KB]
Anthrax and the geochemistry of soils in the contiguous United States PDF [20 KB] PDF [136 KB]
Response of Yellowstone grizzly bears to changes in food resources: a synthesis PDF [17 KB] PDF [39.3 KB]
Use of USGS Wave Scenarios to Assess Potential Submerged Oil Mat (SOM) Formation along the Coast of Florida and Alabama PDF [19 KB] PDF [32 KB]
Assessing Mobility and Redistribution Patterns of Sand and Oil Agglomerates in the Surf Zone PDF [17.8 KB] PDF [33 KB]
Evaluation of Alternative Groundwater-Management Strategies for the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon and California PDF [16.4 KB] PDF [22.4 KB]
An Analysis of Potential Water Availability from the Atwood, Leesville, and Tappan Lakes in the Muskingum River Watershed, Ohio PDF [16.4 KB] PDF [22 KB]
Cancer Risk from Incidental Ingestion Exposures to PAHs Associated with Coal-Tar-Sealed Pavement PDF [18 KB] PDF [37 KB]
The economic viability of smallholder timber production under expanding Açaí palm production in the Amazon Estuary PDF [18 KB] PDF [31 KB]
Investigation of Shallow Groundwater Quality and Geochemistry in the Fayetteville Shale Gas Production Area, North-Central Arkansas PDF [17 KB] PDF [21 KB]
Fate and Transport of Cyanobacteria and Associated Toxins and Taste-and-Odor Compounds from Upstream Reservoir Releases in the Kansas River, Kansas, September and October, 2011 PDF [18 KB] PDF [25 KB]
Competitive Interactions and Resource Partitioning Between Northern Spotted Owls and Barred Owls in Western Oregon PDF [56.4 KB] PDF [44 KB]
An Economic Approach to Assessing Import Policies Designed to Prevent the Arrival of Invasive Species: The case of Puccinia psidii in Hawai'i (second publication) PDF [78 KB] PDF [71.5 KB]
Hydrological Information Products for the Off-Project Water Program of the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement PDF [56 KB] PDF [41 KB]
Economic Analysis of the Proposed Rule to Prevent Arrival of New Genetic Strains of the Rust Fungus Puccinia psidii in Hawai'i (first publication) PDF [76.5 KB] PDF [87 KB]
Assessment of Potential Migration of Radionuclides and Trace Elements from the White Mesa Uranium Mill to the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and Surrounding Areas, Southeastern Utah PDF [59 KB] PDF [66 KB]
Coupled Groundwater Flow and Management Models for the Upper Klamath Basin, Oregon and California PDF [70.2 KB] PDF [60 KB]
Modeling Hydrodynamics, Temperature, and Water Quality in the Klamath River Upstream of Keno Dam, Oregon, 2006–2009 PDF [83.3 KB] PDF [88 KB]
Numerical Simulations of Groundwater Flow in the Yakima River Basin Aquifer System, Washington PDF [51 KB] PDF [82 KB]
Regional Groundwater-Flow Model of the Redwall-Muav, Coconino, and Alluvial Basin Aquifer Systems of Northern and Central Arizona PDF [56 KB] PDF [127 KB]
Channel change and bed-material transport in the Umpqua River, Oregon PDF [50 KB] PDF [103 KB]

Highly Influential Scientific Assessments

Working or Final Title Peer Review Plan Completed Peer Review Summary Document
Guidelines for Determining Flood-Flow Frequency PDF [46 KB]  
The 3D Elevation Program Initiative—A Call for Action PDF [19 KB] PDF [103 KB]
Synthesis of Studies in the Fall Low Salinity Zone of the San Francisco Estuary, September-December 2011 PDF [31 KB] PDF [30 KB]
Klamath Dam Removal Overview Report for the Secretary of the Interior: An Assessment of Science and Technical Information PDF [92 KB] PDF [19 KB]
Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.2: Thresholds of Climate Change on Ecosystems PDF [20 KB] PDF [16 KB]
Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.2: Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes PDF [14 KB] PDF [26 KB]
Synthesis and Assessment Product 3.4: Abrupt Climate Change PDF [20 KB] PDF [25 KB]
Southeast Extension of the Southern Whidbey Island Fault, Washington: Implications for Earthquake Hazards PDF [55 KB] PDF [18 KB]

Additional information

The USGS requires peer review for all of its information products that contain scientific and technical information, whether published by the USGS or an outside entity (refer to SM 502.3 and SM 502.4). The USGS has a vigorous program of publishing the results of its scientific investigations and research in its own information products (refer to SM 1100.3) as well as in scientific journals and other outside publishing venues (refer SM 1100.4). For more information about the review, approval and release of USGS science information products, refer to the USGS Fundamental Science Practices Web site at Information regarding archival requirements for maintaining records of peer reviewer comments is found in the USGS Records Disposition Schedule (refer to SM 432-1.S1, Chapter 1300, section 1301-03). The public may access information about USGS information products and may view and download many of them online through the Publications Warehouse at

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