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Policies & Standards

Polices, standards, and guidelines apply to all Department Web sites (Operating and Staff Divisions), whether owned by HHS or operated on behalf of HHS.

The HHS Web Council determines Web standards. Standards are decided by consensus; chair may call for vote; passage requires majority of full Council (not quorum).

  • HHS Web Policies
    Many of the policies have their origin in directives or memos issued by the Office Of Management and Budget (OMB) and/or federal legislation.

  • HHS Web Standards, Guidelines, and Guidance
    Standards assure consistency across all HHS Web sites. They are written using evidence-based research. Guidance on implementing standards is provided by the Web Communications and New Media Division (WCD) of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.

  • Federal Policies
    All government Web sites must comply with Federal Web policies.