The National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development has adopted a number of policies to ensure that the NITRD website 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 General questions and comments also should be directed to



The National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) collects no personal information about you when you visit the NITRD website 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:

  • The Internet domain (for example, “”) 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 website
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The pages you visit
  • If you arrived at the NITRD site via a link from another website, the address of that website.

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 NITRD 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.



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



The NITRD NCO makes every effort to ensure that the information available on our website 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: or call 202-459-9674 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 website, 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.



The NITRD NCO policy is to use externally-produced material (graphics, text, etc.) on our website 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 NITRD Webmaster (



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 website. You may freely copy that material and credit the NITRD NCO with a “Source: National Coordination Office for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development, Washington, DC, USA” acknowledgement.

If copyrighted text is included on a NITRD Web page or in a NITRD 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 NITRD Webmaster (



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

To request contact information about the intellectual property holders of a given logo, image, or graphic on the NITRD website, please provide the URL and file name to the NITRD Webmaster (

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



Other sites are free to link to any URL on the NITRD site. It is preferable to link to the material rather than duplicating it on third-party websites because some information on the NCO website is frequently updated.



The NITRD website 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 websites visited prior to arriving to the NITRD website, or are produced by third-party software installed on your computer.



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