Federal Laws and Regulations
If you manage a public website for a U.S. federal executive branch agency, you need to be aware of many laws, regulations, Executive Orders, policies, and other directives.
This list is our best attempt to locate all the relevant resources. If you know of others that should be added to this list, please contact us. Each link provides a summary of the requirements and guidance on implementing them.
Laws and Regulations
- Access for People with Disabilities (Section 508)
- Access for People with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)
- Digital Rights, Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Laws
- Categorization of Information
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA)
- Government Performance Results Act (GPRA)
- Information Quality
- Lobbying Restrictions
- No Fear Act
- Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
- Plain Writing Act of 2010: Agency Requirements
- Priorities and Schedules for Posting Content
- Privacy Requirements
- Security Protocols to Protect Information
- Small Business Paperwork Relief Act
- Web Records
- Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information (May 2013). Requires, going forward, that data generated by the government be made available in open, machine-readable formats, while appropriately safeguarding privacy, confidentiality, and security.
- Streamlining Service Delivery and Improving Customer Service (April 2011). Directs agencies to set service standards and use customer feedback to improve the customer experience.
- Multilingual Websites
- Building a 21st Century Digital Government—Presidential Memo (PDF, 65 KB, 2 pages, May 2012)
- Digital Government Strategy (May 2012)
- Open Data Policy—Managing Information as an Asset (PDF, 5.83 MB, 12 pages, May 2013).
- Guidance for agencies on how to collect customer feedback (April 2011)
- OMB Open Government Directive
- OMB Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites
- OMB Circular A-130: Management of Federal Information Resources
Major Implications of A-130 for Federal Web Content Managers
(PDF, 139 KB, 12 pages, June 2005)
- OMB Memorandum M–13–10: Antideficiency Act Implications of Certain Online Terms of Service Agreements (PDF, 1.1 MB, 17 pages, April 2013)
- OMB Memorandum, Social Media, Web-Based Interactive Technologies, and the Paperwork Reduction Act (PDF, 84 KB, 7 pages, April 2010)
- OMB Memorandum 10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies (PDF, 103 KB, 9 pages, June 2010)
- OMB Memorandum Improving the Accessibility of Government Information (PDF, 46 KB, 3 pages, July 2010)
Other Documents Related to Electronic Government
Implementing Federal Web Requirements