National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development

NCO/NITRD Web site and Privacy Policies

WEB SITE POLICY

The National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development has adopted a number of policies to ensure that the NCO Web site and its publications provide accurate, unbiased information about NITRD Programs to the widest possible audience. For more information or to provide feedback on a specific policy, contact nco@nitrd.gov. General questions and comments also should be directed to nco@nitrd.gov.

PRIVACY POLICY

The National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development collects no personal information about you when you visit our Web site unless you choose to provide that information to us.

If you are visiting our site to read pages or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:

1. The Internet domain (for example, "nitrd.gov") and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Web site
2. The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
3. The date and time you access our site
4. The pages you visit
5. If you arrived at the NCO site via a link from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors use. We do not track or record information about individuals and their visits.

If you request information or services from the NCO and submit personal information to facilitate response to your request, we use the information provided to respond to your message. We will not share the information you give us with another government agency unless your inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise provided by law, nor do we share personal information with non-government organizations for commercial marketing or other purposes.

SECURITY

This Web site is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. Software programs are used to monitor this Web site for security purposes to ensure that it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing this Web site, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities.

Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation is prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996, codified at section 1030 of Title 18 of the United States Code, or other applicable civil or criminal laws.

ACCESSIBILITY

The NCO makes every effort to ensure that the information available on our Web site is accessible to all. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please let us know. Write to: webmaster@nitrd.gov or call (703) 292-4873 and we will provide the information to you in an alternate format. It would be helpful if you can be as specific as possible when describing the problem you encountered while navigating our Web site, as well as details regarding the information you seek.

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of Federal electronic information products, visit the Section 508 page.

GUIDELINES FOR REPRODUCING OR USING MATERIAL FOUND ON THE NCO WEB SITE

The NCO's policy is to use externally-produced material (graphics, text, etc.) on our Web site only with permission of the copyright holder. If you believe material to which you have rights has been improperly included, please provide the URL to the NCO Webmaster (webmaster@nitrd.gov).

TEXTS

Much of the text appearing on NCO Web pages was either prepared by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties and therefore not subject to copyright, or was prepared under U.S. government contracts that gave the NCO the right to place the text into the public domain. The same is true of most publications available for downloading from this Web site. You may freely copy that material and credit the NCO with a "Source: National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, Virginia, USA" acknowledgement.

If copyrighted text is included on an NCO Web page or in an NCO publication, it will be specifically identified. For information about copyright holders, how they can be contacted, and what, if any, use those owners allow of their material, please provide the URL to the Webmaster identified as contact for the page on which the text or download link appears. If no contact is given, contact the NCO Webmaster (webmaster@nitrd.gov).

GRAPHICS

The NCO Web site contains a variety of logos, images, and other graphics. Some are in the public domain, some have been created by NCO contractors, and some are used by NCO with specific permission granted by the owner. Therefore, logos, images and graphics appearing on the NCO Web site should not be reused without permission.

To request contact information about the intellectual property holders of a given logo, image, or graphic on the NCO Web site, please provide the URL and file name to the NCO Webmaster (webmaster@nitrd.gov).

Granting the right to use a graphic from the NCO Web site does not explicitly or implicitly convey NCO's endorsement of the site where it is used. In cases where the NCO itself gives permission for use of a logo, image or graphic, please credit the NCO with a "Courtesy: National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development" acknowledgement.

LINKS

Other sites are free to link to any URL on the NCO's site. The NCO prefers links to the material rather than duplicating it on third-party Web sites because some information on the NCO Web site is frequently updated.

ADVERTISEMENTS

The NCO Web site does not contain commercial advertising or endorse any specific products or services. If your browser produces pop-up or pop-under advertisements, these advertisements were most likely created by other Web sites visited prior to arriving to the NCO Web site, or are produced by third-party software installed on your computer.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Thanks for visiting the NCO Web site. If you have questions or comments about the NCO's Web site, you can contact us at: nco@nitrd.gov.