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Policies & Standards

Policies and standards help Web managers meet federal requirements and follow best practices to make websites more citizen–centered.

Web Policies

HHS web policies outline how departmental websites must meet federal requirements.  Policies apply to all HHS Web sites (Operating and Staff Divisions).

Web Standards and Usability Guidelines

The HHS Web Standards and Usability Guidelines database contains best practices for content, design, and usability. Search the database by keyword or browse by category to find related standards and guidelines.

  • Standards create a consistent experience across all HHS websites.
  • Research-based Web design and usability guidelines reflect best practices that ensure sites are easy to use.