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HHS Web Policies

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

HHS 508 Policy
Refer to the ASPA/ DCD 508 Program for information about ensuring all Web content is accessible to people with disabilities. Learn about how HHS is implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Plain Language
When writing for the web, ensure that readers can understand your content the first time they read it. Learn about Plain Writing at HHS.

Domain Names
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. Please email the OCIO Policy Office for more information.

Cybersecurity at HHS
The Office of the Chief Information Officer provides resources about IT security and privacy practices.

Persistent Cookies
The HHS Persistent Cookies Policy regulates the usage of web cookies, which track the activities of users over time and across different web sites.

Information Collection from the Public
The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) requires OMB clearance for certain information collections by government entities, such as surveys, polls, questionnaires, etc. A fast track process is available for customer feedback surveys relating to existing or future services and products.

Web Records and Records Management
The HHS Web Records Management Policy identifies Web records and specifies how long a type of document must be kept.

HHS Logo Policies
The HHS Logo Policies cover the use, colors, and other information relating to the HHS logo.

Social Media and Third-Party Websites and Applications
Use of social media and third-party web technologies must follow the current policies that govern information and information technology.

Branding Bar
HHS must use the Departments branding bar on topic-branded Web sites (sites that do not use the standards HHS header) that are owned and managed by HHS. The branding bar should also be used on OpDiv Web pages. The branding bar should not be used for cross-government Web sites managed or hosted by HHS. The bar should appear immediately above the OpDiv or topic-branding header.

Signatures on HHS Web Sites
Images of an original official signature should not be displayed, especially on a publicly accessible Web site. The proper way to indicate an official signature for a document on a Web site (when there is a requirement that a signature be displayed) is the S-signature, a signature inserted between forward slash marks.

The preferred S-signature must consist only of letters, or Arabic numerals, or both, with appropriate spaces and commas, periods, apostrophes, or hyphens for punctuation. The S-signature must be inserted with a first single forward slash mark before, and a second single forward slash mark after, the S-signature (e.g., /Dr. James T. Jones, III/).

Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)
Content last reviewed on October 8, 2019