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Web Policies

Links to Government Websites

HUDOIG.GOV can add a link to any government website that is publicly available unless directed not to by the agency that owns the site. Acceptable federal government-owned or government-sponsored website domains include .gov, .mil and .fed.us. HUDOIG.GOV also links to: quasi-government agencies and websites created by public sector/private sector partnerships; state and local government sites (e.g., www.maryland.gov); and some government-sponsored websites that end in .com, .org, or .net (e.g., www.usps.com for the U.S. Postal Service and www.ncfy.com/clear.htm for the National Clearinghouses and Resource Centers on Families and Youth).

Links to Non-Government Websites

In some instances, HUDOIG.GOV links to websites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored if these websites provide government information and/or services in a way that is not available on an official government website. HUDOIG.GOV provides these non-government websites as a public service only. The U.S. government, including the U.S. General Services Administration (the primary sponsoring federal agency of HUDOIG.GOV), neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in these website links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links.

Reciprocal Links

We link to government information according to our linking policy, whether or not the other website links to us or not. We don't engage in reciprocal linking. We invite any website to link to HUDOIG.GOV. HUDOIG.GOV is a public domain website, which means you may link to us at no cost and without special permission.

Featured Links

HUDOIG.GOV highlights links of special interest to wide audiences by temporarily posting them in a position of prominence on the website. Featured links may include: online transactions; seasonal information; current topics on the minds of citizens, businesses or government officials; community-level services and information; cross-agency portals that enhance the public's interaction with government; kids' websites; and new links.

Prohibitions

HUDOIG.GOV will not link to any website that exhibits hate, bias, or discrimination. Furthermore, HUDOIG.GOV reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to be in conflict with HUDOIG.GOV’s mission or policies.

Changes to this policy

HUD OIG will revise or update this policy if our practices change, or as we develop better ways to keep you informed about them. You should refer back to this page often for the latest information and the effective date of any changes. If we decide to change this policy, we will post a new policy on our site and change the date at the bottom. Changes to the policy shall not apply retroactively.