Office of the Chief Information Officer &
High Performance Computing and Communications

IT Policy and Legislation

On this page are: 1) NOAA and DOC policies, 2) principal Federal legislation, and 3) Federal regulations and guidance related to information and information technology management. Many of the files are in PDF format. Free Adobe Acrobat Readers can be downloaded from Adobe.



DOC Policy

Federal Legislation

Federal Regulations, Executive Orders and Memoranda

Executive Order 13011, Federal Information Technology (PDF) On July 16, 1996 the President signed Executive Order 13011, Federal Information Technology. Based on legislation enacted under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the Clinger-Cohen Reform Act of 1996, agencies now have the clear authority and responsibility to make measurable improvements in mission performance and service delivery to the public through the strategic application of information technology. This order is issued to provide a coordinated approach for improving the way the Federal Government acquires and manages information technology.

Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

Federal Acquisition Reform Act of 1996 (FARA) (PDF)

OMB Circulars: The primary IT-related Circulars are A-11, A-94, A-119, and most of all A-130.

OMB Regulation on Implementation of the Paperwork Elimination Act (PDF)


Legal Considerations in Designing and Implementing Electronic Processes: A Guide for Federal Agencies (November 2000) (PDF) The U.S. Department of Justice is charged with developing, in consultation with federal agencies and OMB, practical guidance on legal consideration related to agency use of electronic filing and record keeping. The purpose of this guide, is to identify legal issues that agencies are likely to face in converting to electronic processes and to provide some suggestions on how to address them.

OMB Guidance for Implementing the Privacy Provisions of the E-Government Act of 2002 (September 26, 2003)