Website Policies and Important Links

This page provides a comprehensive overview of the policies of this federally sponsored website, consistent with guidance established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.

  1. Disclaimer
  2. Acceptable Use Policy
  3. User Privacy
  4. Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice
  5. Accessibility
  6. Website Security
  7. Linking to Science Accelerator Website
  8. Linking to Outside Websites
  9. Data Rights
  10. Freedom of Information
  11. Information Quality
  12. No Fear Act
  13. USAJOBS
  14. Grants
  15. Regulations
  16. USA.gov
  1. Disclaimer

    This system is made available by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned right. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of originators expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.

  2. Acceptable Use Policy

    This site employs an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to help safeguard and enhance the use of publicly accessible Government information by prohibiting excessive content requests or activities that may constitute a denial of service (DoS) attack. This includes requests initiated by any network host, individual user, or automated means to query, capture, or download data from this system.

    As of October 3, 2011 the following thresholds have been established to identify excessive activity within a 24 hour period.

    • 5,000 Full-text Downloads
    • 100,000 Byte-range Requests
    • 25,000 General Requests

    Threshold exemptions may be granted to individuals or organizations on a case by case basis.

  3. User Privacy

    Information Collected

    Web Traffic

    For each page that is visited on ScienceAccelerator.gov, the following technical information is automatically captured in what is called a web server log file:

    • Date and time of access
    • URL address of the webpage visited
    • Internet domain and IP address from which our website was accessed
    • Type of browser and operating system used to access our site (if provided by the browser)
    • URL address of the referring page (if provided by the browser)
    • Completion or success status of the request for a web page or other on-line item
    • File size of the webpage visited

    This information does not contain personally identifiable information nor do we use this information to remember a user's online interactions with our site. This information is used to track server load, identify operational problems, to prevent fraud and to improve the effectiveness, security and integrity of the site.

  4. Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice

    Government information at DOE websites, including the Science Accelerator site, is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the Department of Energy be given appropriate acknowledgement. When using the Science Accelerator website, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

    Images on our website which are in the public domain may be used without permission. If you use images from our website, we ask that you credit us as the source. Please note that some images on our site may have been obtained from other organizations. Permission to use these images should be obtained directly from those organizations.

    The Science Accelerator website has links to many other websites. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the copyright and licensing restrictions of the new site.

  5. Accessibility

    • Persons with Disabilities

      This website complies with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires that individuals with disabilities who are members of the public or are Federal employees have access to and use of information and data comparable to that provided to the public at large, unless it is determined that such access would impose undue burden or compromise functionality of the website.

    • PDF or Other Image Based Documents

      If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, TTY, etc.) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access the information, please let us know by using the "Contact Us" page.

  6. Website Security

    This website is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. The Department of Energy uses software programs to monitor this website for security purposes to ensure 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 are 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 criminal laws.

  7. Linking to Science Accelerator Website

    Links may be made to the Science Accelerator website from other personal and organizational websites as long as Science Accelerator endorsement or approval is not implied. We request that you link to the Science Accelerator site rather than downloading portions of it to another web server, so that our viewers will see our most up-to-date information.

  8. Linking to Outside Websites

    Links are maintained with websites and databases whose administration and operation are outside the purview of this website. We disclaim any liability for the accuracy of content; validity of systems; effectiveness of tools or technologies; or adherence to privacy, security, accessibility, or other policies. When you follow a link to another site, you are subject to the policies of the outside website. Linking to an outside website does not constitute any explicit or implicit endorsement of the product, organization, information or services by DOE.

  9. Data Rights

    Government information publicly accessible via the web is in the public domain. Such information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the appropriate Federal source be acknowledged. When using the Science Accelerator website, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Outside websites are not within the purview of the Federal government, and data rights policies and practices of those websites govern information contained therein.

  10. Freedom of Information

    You may pursue the acquisition of information via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    To access previously released information requested under FOIA, go to the Oak Ridge DOE Information Center.

  11. Information Quality

    As appropriate, this website complies with OMB Specific Information Quality, specifically the Guidance for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility and Integrity of Information Dissemination by Federal Organization.

  12. No Fear Act

    As appropriate, this website provides information in compliance with the "No Fear" Act . You may review Government-wide data pertaining to the "No Fear" Act.

  13. USAJOBS

    USAJOBS is the official online, one-stop jobsite of the U.S. federal government.

  14. Grants

    Grants.gov is an online resource to find and apply for federal government grants. It is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $500 billion in annual awards.

  15. Regulations

    Regulations.gov is an online resource for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies. On this site, the following can be found:

    • All Federal regulations that are open for public comment (i.e., proposed rules) and closed for comment (i.e., final rules) as published in the Federal Register.
    • Many Federal agency notices published in the Federal Register.
    • Additional supporting materials, public comments, and Federal agency guidance and adjudications.

  16. USA.gov

    USA.gov is an interagency initiative administered by the U.S. General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services and Communications. The site provides official information and services from the U.S. government.


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