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General Policies and GuidelinesReviewed: 12/12/2006
| We are committed to making our Internet documents
accessible to people with disabilities. To ensure that we meet or exceed the requirements of Section 508 of
the Rehabilitation Act, we continually review our site and modify pages to remove accessibility
problems for people with disabilities.
| Generally, we link to other Government websites
(their names usually end in “.gov”). If non-Government websites (names ending
in “.edu,” “.com,” etc.) provide information
that's pertinent but not available on a Government website, we'll link
to them. Examples include:
We welcome links to our website. Although we prefer that you link
to our homepage, you may create links to specific pages within our
website. For your convenience, we
have icons and instructions for their use. By using these icons,
you agree to the conditions of our Linking Policy.
Security Protocols to Protect Information
| Our website uses computer systems, software programs, and other methods
to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload,
add, modify or otherwise damage its information or systems.
Any unauthorized attempts to upload, add, modify or otherwise damage
any information or systems are strictly prohibited and are punishable
by Federal laws and regulations. Persons using this website expressly
consent to this monitoring. Should this monitoring reveal evidence of
possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to
law enforcement officials for prosecution.
Information Quality Guidelines
| In compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's government-wide
information quality guidelines under section 515 of the Treasury and
General Government Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2001, we have
developed procedures to
ensure the quality of our information products.
for Publishing Information to This Website
|We provide publication targets as part of our Web Content Inventory.|
Freedom of Information
| The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was created to make the federal government accountable to
the public for its actions and prevent agencies from having secret policies. To that end, it allows members of the public to
request records from Federal agencies.
to FOIA Requests explains how to request
information and records from us, describes information we can't disclose,
and lists our fees for filling a FOIA request. We also provide FOIA
and instructions, annual reports,
impact assessments, and information about
frequently requested documents.
Digital Rights, Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents Policy
| We will not post copyrighted material on our
website unless we have the express permission of the author. If we post
copyrighted material, we describe the specific permission granted for
As a public agency, we generally don't own rights to material on our website. (Almost all of the material consists of new or republished government documents and as such, it is considered public domain.) So, we may not be able to give or deny permission to publish or otherwise distribute it.
It is your obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use
restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found
on our website.
Policy for Oral Histories
| Several oral history interviews that we conducted
are available on our History
Page. Copyright law grants copyright of oral histories to the interviewees.
Use of the material in an oral history is therefore governed by copyright
restrictions. We will only post transcripts of interviews for which
we have been given a grant of deed to the interview, or which have been
released into the public domain.
The fact that we posted the transcript of an interview on this site
does not necessarily mean that it has been released as a public domain
document—it depends on the specific wording of the grant of deed.
Therefore, you should not use (beyond limited quotation) the transcripts
of any oral history interviews without the express permission of our
No Fear Act
|In compliance with Section 301 of the Notification
and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002
(the No Fear Act), we post summary
statistical data pertaining to complaints of employment discrimination
by employees, former employees and applicants for employment.
Our posting is intended to assist Congress, Federal agencies and the public in assessing whether, and to what extent, we are living up to our equal employment opportunity responsibilities.
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Last reviewed or modified Thursday Apr 30, 2009