Web Site Policies & 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. User Privacy
  3. Accessibility
  4. Website Security
  5. Linking to Outside Websites
  6. Data Rights
  7. Freedom of Information
  8. Information Quality
  9. No Fear Act
  10. Schedule for Posting Information


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.


Information Collected

This site does not collect or store personal information in identifiable form about users. (See Preliminary Privacy Impact Assessment.) Certain non-personally identifiable information is collected and stored automatically, including:

This information is used to compile summary statistics to help us make the site more valuable to its users. It is NOT shared with anyone beyond the support staff to this home page, except when required by Law Enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.

This Website does not use persistent cookies (bits of information placed on a user's computer to track customer use and related patterns) on any of its Web-based products. Session cookies may be used to provide salient session-related information and to allow product-specific functions to be performed; in no case will cookies be used to capture information that might compromise or threaten personal privacy.

You may choose to provide personal information containing comments or questions or to enable use of specialized site features. We use this information only to provide service to you or to respond to your inquiry.


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.

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.

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 OSTI Websites, 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 (61-KB PDF) 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.

Freedom of Information

If by any chance you are denied access to information, you may pursue the acquisition of information via the Freedom of Information Act.

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.

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.

Schedule for Posting Information

Information is posted to this Website on an intermittent basis as it is made available from a wide variety of disparate sources, unless otherwise required by law.