Implementing Federal Web Requirements – Examples
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- Department of Treasury has a machine readable privacy statement that can be read on each page.
Read more about federal privacy requirements.
- Science.gov, a cross–agency portal managed by multiple scientific agencies, offers an explanation about their computer security systems and the penalties for attempting to interfere with the security features of the site.
- Library of Congress provides a clearly written statement about security protections used to prevent unauthorized use of their website.
- Department of Education has a page on their website describing site security and intrusion detection.
Read more about federal security requirements.
Access for People with Disabilities (Section 508)
- Department of Health and Human Services has a "Web Accessibility Statement" that explains how it meets accessibility requirements. It welcomes feedback from visitors who may need assistance.
- Department of Homeland Security has an accessibility statement on its website.
Read more about federal accessibility requirements.
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Federal Communications Commission has a prominent link to "Freedom of Information Act" on the homepage. The Agency's FOIA page clearly explains the required steps to complete a FOIA request and spells out the name of the program on the homepage.
- Department of Labor has a detailed and comprehensive FOIA page.
Read more about FOIA requirements.
- Department of Education describes Information Quality Guidelines.
- CDC has posted "Guidelines for Ensuring the Quality of Information Disseminated to the Public."
- National Institute of Standards and Technology has outlined their information quality standards.
Read more about federal information quality requirements.
Access for People with Limited English Proficiency (Other Languages)
- GobiernoUSA.gov – This is the U.S. government's official web portal to all online information and services in Spanish.
- U.S. Government's Multilingual Gateway – See which agencies have developed content in other languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese.
- Social Security Multilingual Gateway – The Social Security Administration provides information in 15 different languages.
- MedlinePlus in Spanish – MedlinePlus, from the National Library of Medicine, provides comprehensive health information in Spanish.
- HUD in Spanish – HUD has translated its entire website into Spanish.
Read more about requirements to put information in other languages.
Priorities and Schedules for Posting Content
- SAMHSA.gov Web Site Content Inventory
- HUD's Web Publication Schedule
- NASA's Inventories, Priorities, and Schedules
Read more about requirements for posting web priorities and schedules.
Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)
- Department of Education lists its OMB control number on its online survey.
- The National Do Not Call Registry lists its OMB control number on its online complaint form.
- The Selective Service System lists its OMB control number on its online registration foreign address change form.
Read more about the Paperwork Reduction Act
Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA)
- National Marine Fisheries (NOAA) has an electronic Forms Portal.
- FAA has many of its forms available electronically.
- IRS offers "e–file" for its tax forms.
- USDA provides a list of all their online services.
Read more about GPEA.
- The U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency website provides an overview of their records management programs.
Read more about federal records management requirements.
Digital Rights, Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Laws
- National Archives and Records Administration has a well–written "Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice" on their site.
- FEMA explains permissions and restrictions for using photos and other audio/visual recordings.
- U.S. Mint explains intellectual property rights for various products and materials.
- National Library of Medicine has a well–written and concise copyright notice.
Government Performance Results Act (GPRA)
- Bureau of Transportation Statistics posts their strategic plan on their website.
- USDA includes both their strategic plan and accountability report on their website.
Read more about GPRA.
Small Business Paperwork Relief Act
- Department of Commerce has an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
- HUD has an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
- EPA has a small business gateway and a Small Business Ombudsman Hotline
Read more about the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act.
- The Energy.gov website posts its information on lobbying restrictions on one page.
- The U.S. House of Representatives Office of the Clerk provides a subdomain with guidance and FAQs.
Read more about federal lobbying restrictions.
No Fear Act
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services provides data related to the No Fear Act.
- Department of State posts their No Fear Act statistical data on a quarterly basis.
- Department of Treasury provides No Fear Act data for all their bureaus.
Read more about the No Fear Act
Use Government Domains
HHS Policy for Internet Domain Names explains the policies and responsibilities for approving, acquiring, and registering domains within HHS.
(PDF, 57 KB, July 2005)
Read more about federal requirements to use government domains.
Show U.S. Sponsorship
- Department of Defense includes full name of the agency in the top banner.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology indicates that they are an agency of the U.S Department of Commerce.
- USGS includes the name of the U.S. Department of the Interior on their website.
Read more about federal requirements to show U.S. sponsorship.
- As detailed in its Web Guide (External Site Links policy), EPA places disclaimer icons next to external links.
- The Department of Commerce Web Advisory Council has an Offsite Notification Policy; that is, how to notify a user when they are being sent to an external website.
Read more about federal requirements to have a linking policy.
- National Institutes of Health has it search box in the upper right corner of each major page. The box is labeled "Search."
Read more about federal requirements to have a search engine.
Link to USA.gov
- HHS has a text link to USA.gov on each page.
- NASA has the USA.gov logo and link on every page.
- DOD’s Military Homefront Website has the USA.gov logo and link on every page.
Read more about federal requirements to link to USA.gov.
*These requirements apply to executive departments and agencies and their public websites. Check the specific law to see if it also applies to the judicial or legislative agencies or to intranets.