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Data Quality Guidelines for Statistics Published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in its Administration of: The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program   [open pdf - 117KB]

"This document provides guidance to the staff of the FBI administering the UCR [Uniform Crime Reporting] Program and informs the public of the FBI's policies and procedures for receiving, reviewing, and responding to requests for correction of disseminated UCR data. These guidelines are not a regulation. They are not legally enforceable and do not create any legal rights or impose any legally binding requirements or obligations on the FBI, the UCR Program, or the public. The FBI will correct information that does not meet its guidelines or those of the OMB based on the significance and impact of the correction. These guidelines apply only to UCR information disseminated by the FBI as defined in these guidelines. Nonstatistical information distributed by the FBI on behalf of the UCR Program that is not addressed by these guidelines would still be subject to any applicable policies and correction procedures." On a related note, this document has been issued in response to a mandate issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and that mandate is to "provide policy and procedural guidance to federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information) disseminated by federal agencies." One final note is that the data for the UCR program involves collaboration from law enforcement agencies on all levels of government. More specifically, "submitting UCR data to the FBI is a collective effort on the part of city, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies to present a nationwide view of crime."

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