Links to Government Websites
The Acquisition Gateway links to publicly available websites that are government-owned or government-sponsored. Government-owned and government-sponsored website domains include .gov, .mil and .fed.us.
The Gateway may also link to:
- quasi-government agencies and websites created by public sector-private sector partnerships
state and local government sites
government-sponsored websites that end in .com, .org, or .net
Links to Non-government Websites
The Acquisition Gateway may link to websites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored when these websites provide government information or services that are not available on an official government website. The Gateway provides these links as a public service only.
The U.S. government, including the U.S. General Services Administration—the primary sponsoring federal agency of the Acquisition Gateway—neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in such websites. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government websites.
Acquisition Gateway staff or other federal government employees such as subject-matter experts evaluate all links using the following criteria:
- Is the website an official government-owned or supported website? If not, does the website provide government information and/or services in a way that is not available on an official government website?
- Does the website complement existing information, products and services on the Acquisition Gateway?
- Is the website accessible and applicable to a wide audience?
- Is the website's content relevant, useful and authoritative for citizens, businesses or government officials?
- Does the website's information appear to be accurate and current?
- Is the website's approach to the privacy of personal information consistent with the government's privacy and security policies?
- Is the primary intent of the website to educate and inform, rather than persuade, convert, or sell? The site may include advertising but must be free from heavy marketing or promotion of products.
- Does the website provide information free of charge?
The Acquisition Gateway will not link to any website that exhibits hate, bias, discrimination, specific religious views, or social agendas. Furthermore, the Gateway reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to be in conflict with the Acquisition Gateway's mission or policies.
Though any site is welcome to link to the Acquisition Gateway, we do not engage in reciprocal linking. The Gateway is an official web portals for the U.S. government. This a a public domain website. There is no cost or special permission required to link to the site.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit the Acquisition Gateway, we may store some or all of the following:
- the IP address from which you accessed the Gateway
- the date and time of your visit
- the name of the web site from which you navigated to the Gateway, the name of the file or words you searched, items clicked on a page, and the browser and operating system used
- information you entered in tools or services on the Gateway
This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and identify system performance or problem areas. We also use this information to help us develop the site, analyze patterns of usage, and to make the site more useful. This information is not used for associating search terms or patterns of site navigation with individual users. The Acquisition Gateway may anonymize and provide this information to third party entities for the purposes of research analysis. We do not share or sell visitor data for the purposes of advertising, marketing, or any other commercial purpose.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs commercial software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
Use of Persistent Cookies
Like many websites, the Acquisition Gateway uses persistent cookie technology. A cookie is a small text file that the website sends to your web browser so that it can recognize return visits from the same browser. Cookies uniquely identify a browser on a computer, but never a person. If an individual visits the Gateway from two different computers, or from two different browsers on a single computer, unique browser cookies will be created for each visit.
The Acquisition Gateway use persistent cookies to enhance your user experience, while protecting your privacy:
- To remember you when your browser comes back to the site.
- To get aggregate metrics on site usage to understand how people are using the site and how we can make it better. We use web metrics services to track activity on the Acquisition Gateway. Government agencies only ever receive traffic statistics anonymously and in the aggregate.
- To gather anonymous summary demographic information about our visitors such as gender, age range, and areas of interest for adults over the age of 18. We do this by using Google Demographic and Interests reports. When you visit a website that has partnered with the Google Display Network, Google stores a number in your browser using a persistent cookie to remember your visits. This number uniquely identifies a web browser, not a specific person. Browsers may be associated with a demographic category, such as gender or age range, based on the sites that were visited. This demographic information is used to help us better understand our visitors' interests and needs to more effectively develop content to serve you.
Most Internet browsers automatically accept persistent cookies. Although using persistent cookies creates a better experience for visitors, the Gateway works without them. 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.
The Acquisition Gateway is committed to providing access to all individuals—with or without disabilities—seeking information on the Acquisition Gateway. To provide this information, we've built the Acquisition Gateway to conform to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended). Section 508 requires that all individuals with disabilities (whether federal employees or members of the general public) have access to, and use of, information and data comparable to that provided to individuals without disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.
If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader, eye tracking device, voice recognition software, etc.) and have difficulty accessing information on the Acquisition Gateway, please e-mail us and provide the URL (web address) of the material you tried to access, the problem you experienced, and your contact information. We'll contact you and attempt to provide the information you're seeking.
The Acquisition Gateway links to many websites created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations as outlined in our Linking Policy (above). If you click a link to an outside website, you will leave the Acquisition Gateway site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website.
Social Media Sites
The Acquisition Gateway may maintain a presence on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others to share government information and engage with the public. We do not collect any Personally Identifiable Information through those sites, and we do not use personal information made available by the third-party sites.
If You Send Us Personal Information
We do not collect personal information for any purpose other than to respond to your request. The only personal information that we collect is what you decide to give us by sending us an e-mail. If you choose to provide us with personal information — like your name and an email address, and are submitting it to us through the website — we use that information to respond to your message, and to help get you the information you requested.
We only share the information you give us with another government agency if your question relates to that agency, or as otherwise required by law. The Acquisition Gateway never collects information or creates individual profiles for commercial marketing.