Linking Policy

Evaluation Criteria

USFA evaluates all suggested links using the following criteria:

For our Federal Fire Links database, the following criteria are also used:

Links to Government Web Sites

USFA can add a link to any government Web site that is publicly available unless directed not to by the agency that owns the site. Acceptable Federal government-owned or government-sponsored Web site domains include .gov, .mil and USFA also links to: quasi-government agencies and Web sites created by public sector/private sector partnerships; state and local government sites; and some government-sponsored Web sites that end in .com, .org, or .net.

Links to Non-Government Web Sites

USFA links to Web sites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored if these Web sites complement existing information, products and services on the USFA Web site. USFA provides these non-government Web sites as a public service only. USFA will not link to non-government sites to advertise products and/or services. The U.S. government neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in these Web site links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government Web site links. (See Disclaimer of Endorsement for more information on this topic.)

Reviewing Links for Currency

All external links are reviewed quarterly to make sure they work and that they still add value.


USFA will not link to any Web site that exhibits hate, bias, or discrimination. Furthermore, USFA reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to be in conflict with USFA's mission or policies.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The information posted on the USFA Web site includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. USFA provides these links and pointers solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the USFA Web site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside Web site.

Privacy and Security

Check the Privacy and Security Notice for more information about USFA Privacy and Security policies.

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