Privacy and Security Notice

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Our privacy policy is clear: Unless you choose to provide additional information to us, we will collect no personal information about you other than statistical information that can be used to make the site more effective for all our visitors.

Information We Gather

We use Google Analytics to automatically collect and store information about your visit to our site. This information includes:

  • Environmental information such as the geographic location of your IP address, the language you are browsing in, and the technical specifications of the device and browser you are browsing on;
  • Behavioral information such as the date and time of your visit, the pages you visit, links you clicked on the site, and the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (i.e., if you are connecting from a DHS account, or if you are connecting from George Mason University’s domain); and
  • "Acquisition" information such as the Internet address of the website you came from if it linked you directly to and search terms that you enter into the search tool.

If your browser accepts cookies, we may use a session cookie to lean how many different visitors come to We use this information for statistical purposes and to help us make our site more useful to you. We do not collect personally identifiable information nor do we sell this data to anyone.

Learn more about how Google Analytics safeguards data (link to Commercial Site)

While GSA uses social media including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, no personally identifiable information (PII) is sought or provided to GSA as a result of our use of these platforms. See GSA Privacy Impact Assessment.

Cookies and

What is a Cookie? Whenever you visit a website the website sends a small piece of information called a cookie along with the webpage. The main purpose of a cookie is to identify and customize webpages for you.

There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your computer’s random access memory (RAM). A session cookie is never written to a drive, and it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie from a website is saved to a file on your hard drive and is called up the next time you visit that website. This lets the website remember what you were interested in the last time you visited.

Use of Cookies on The site creates a session cookie when you visit and destroys it as soon as you close your browser. Google Analytics as configured on also uses first-party (persistent) cookies to:

  • Distinguish unique users (last for up to 2 years if you never clear your cookies)
  • Throttle the request rate (last for up to 1 minute)

If you don’t want to accept cookies, you can edit your browser's options to stop accepting persistent cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the websites you visit. Here's how you can disable cookies and/or Google Demographic and Interests reports. Although using persistent cookies allows us to deliver a better experience for you, this site will also work without them.

For more information on privacy and security, see GSA’s Privacy and Security Policy. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us.

Information You Send Us

When you send us personal information (e.g., in an electronic mail message containing a question or comment) or by filling out a form that email us this information, we only use this information to respond to your request. Such application information is carefully protected by the agency and not available in or retained by web tracking software. We may forward your email to the government employee who can best answer your questions. We do not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors, unless required for law enforcement or statute.

We want to make it clear that we will not obtain personally identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide that information to us. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, or as otherwise required by law, we do not share any information we receive with anyone else.


For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, GSA webservers use industry-standard methods to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on GSA servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Links to Other Sites

The pages on may include hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. Check the Linking Policy for more information.

Reuse and Copyright

Most material on is free of copyright and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation of the GSA site and a link back is much appreciated.

We sometimes use photos or graphics that we licensed or that are restricted. Check to see if there is a copyright or photo credit. You need to request permission from the original source to use this material. Find out more about copyright and other rights pertaining to U.S. Government works.

If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us.

Last Reviewed: 2019-06-21