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Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on the E-Authentication website includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. E-Authentication 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 E-Authentication site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.

The General Services Administration (GSA) and E-Authentication do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

GSA and E-Authentication do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

GSA and E-Authentication cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.

GSA and E-Authentication are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

GSA and E-Authentication do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

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

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E-Authentication Accessibility Policy
E-Authentication is committed to providing access to all individuals-disabled or not-seeking information on E-Authentication. To provide this information, E-Authentication has been built to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to and use of information and data, comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.

If you are an individual utilizing assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) and experience difficulty accessing information on E-Authentication, please contact E-Authentication and indicate the nature of your accessibility difficulty, the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access and your contact information. A member of the E-Authentication staff will contact you and attempt to provide the information you sought

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Will Your Personal Computer Work with E-Authentication?
We at E-Authentication are dedicated to providing a quality service for our visitors. We have attempted to support the operating systems and tools used by the majority of visitors to our site.

E-Authentication has been tested on a wide variety of systems and tools, and works best with:
  • Windows 98, 2000, NT and XP: Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.0 and higher; Netscape, version 7.0 and higher; Firefox, version 1.0; Mozilla, version 1.5 and higher; Opera, version 7.0 and higher
  • Macintosh OS X and Panther: Apple Safari, version 1.2; Netscape, version 7.0 and higher; Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 5.2 and higher; Firefox, version 1.0; Opera, version 6.0 and higher; Mozilla, version 1.6 and higher
  • Linux: Konqueror 3.0.5 and higher; Mozilla 1.6 and higher; Netscape 7.0
Some visitors might experience difficulty when trying to access E-Authentication using other Internet browsers, operating systems and devices, such as hand held computers, cell phones and personal digital assistants.

To upgrade your web browser to a later version, please visit one of the sites below and download the appropriate software for your hardware platform:
  • Apple Safari: Safari
  • Mozilla: Firefox and Mozilla Suite
  • Konqueror: Konqueror
  • Microsoft: Internet Explorer
  • Netscape: Navigator
  • Opera Software: Opera

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E-Authentication Linking Policy
E-Authentication links to websites like those above that provide useful, timely, citizen-centered government information and services consistent with our linking policy.

Linking Policy
The E-Authentication website links to many websites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. The E-Authentication website provides these links as a service to our users. When users link to an outside website, they are leaving the E-Authentication website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website(s). We recommend that you review the privacy policy or terms and conditions of those sites to fully understand what information is collected and how it is used.

Evaluation Criteria
The E-Authentication staff evaluates all links using the following criteria:

Links to Agency Applications
E-Authentication requires each Federal Agency Application (AA) accessible through the Portal to undergo an Electronic Risk and Requirements Assessment on a transaction-by-transaction basis to determine the risk of allowing an incorrect authentication. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in an Office of Management and Budget Policy memo M-04-04. The result of this assessment is the assignment of an assurance level rating (on a scale of 1 through 4) which determines the type of authentication credential required (e.g. user ID and password, PKI certificate, etc.) to access the AA.

The E-Authentication Program Management Office specifies additional criteria that AAs must comply with prior to being members of the E-Authentication Federation.

Links to Non-Government Websites
E-Authentication links to websites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored if these websites provide authentication credentials (also referred to as Credential Services) that may be used to access Federal Agency Applications (AAs).

Before a Credential Service (CS) is allowed to become a member of the federation and thus provide credentials to citizens and businesses wishing to access government applications, the CS must successfully pass a stringent assessment called the Credential Assessment Framework (CAF - http://www.cio.gov/eauthentication/CredSuite.htm).

The results of the CAF determine the assurance level of the credentials issued by each approved Credential Service. The E-Authentication Portal insures that access to an Agency Application, with it's assessed assurance level, is accessible only by using a credential of at least that same assurance level.

E-Authentication provides these non-government websites as a public service only. The U.S. government, including the U.S. General Services Administration (the primary sponsoring federal agency of E-Authentication), neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in these website links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links. (See Disclaimer of Endorsement for more information on this topic.)

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