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Digital Communications

The HHS Internet Domain Names Policy regulates the usage, approval, acquisition, and registration of HHS Internet domain names. This policy also provides guidance on waiver criteria, the waiver application process, and critical considerations. In 2011 OMB issued guidance that established a temporary freeze on the approval of new dot Gov domains. The temporary freeze has been extended indefinitely. HHS Senior Leadership negotiated the following relaxation on the freeze: In limited circumstances, OMB and GSA are now allowing new domains to be registered for use by marketing campaigns needing short and easily remembered URLs. These domains, however, must redirect to an already established dot Gov domain. For example, CTP’s TheRealCost.gov redirects to TheRealCost.BetobaccoFree.hhs.gov.  Learn more about this Domain Policy Guidance.

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Content last reviewed on October 30, 2014