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OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET Proposed Risk Assessment Bulletin ________________________________________________________________________ SUMMARY: As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by the federal government to the public, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), proposes to issue new technical guidance on risk assessments produced by the federal government. DATES: Interested parties should submit comments to OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs on or before June 15, 2006. ADDRESSES: Because of potential delays in OMB’s receipt and processing of mail, respondents are strongly encouraged to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Electronic comments may be submitted to: OMB_RAbulletin@omb.eop.gov. Please put the full body of your comments in the text of the electronic message and as an attachment. Please include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address in the text of the message. Please be aware that all comments are available for public inspection. Accordingly, please do not submit comments containing trade secrets, confidential or proprietary commercial or financial information, or other information that you do not want to be made available to the public. Comments also may be submitted via facsimile to (202) 395-7245. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Nancy Beck, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17 th Street, N.W., New Executive Office Building, Room 10201, Washington, DC, 20503. Telephone (202) 395-3093. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction Risk assessment is a useful tool for estimating the likelihood and severity of risks to human health, safety and the environment and for informing decisions about how to manage those risks. For the purposes of this Bulletin, the term “risk assessment” refers to a document that assembles and synthesizes scientific information to determine whether a potential hazard exists and/or the extent of possible risk to human health, safety or the environment. The acceptance of risk assessment in health, safety, and environmental policy was enhanced by the seminal report issued by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in 1983: Risk This proposed bulletin is being released for peer review and public comment. It should not be construed to represent the official policy of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. - 1 -
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Assessment in the Federal Government: Managing the Process. The report presented a logical approach to assessing environmental, health and safety risk that was widely accepted and used by government agencies. Over twenty years after publication of the NAS report, there is general agreement that the
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