Terms of Use – Blog Policy

1. General Policy

This blog is hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide a forum for improving communications with our employees, government customers, our commercial suppliers, and the general public. This blog will discuss technology and its impact on the federal government. This blog use policy is subject to amendment or modification at any time to ensure the blog’s continued use is consistent with its intended purpose as a limited forum.

2. Posting Policy

You are encouraged to share your comments, ideas, and concerns. This is a moderated blog, and GSA will only post comments from bloggers over 13 years of age that relate to topics on technology. GSA will review all comments before posting them. GSA will not post comments that contain abusive, vulgar, offensive, threatening or harassing language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific individuals or groups. GSA will not post comments that are clearly off-topic, that promote services or products, or that promote or oppose any political party, person campaigning for elected office, or any ballot proposition. Gratuitous links to sites are viewed as spam and may result in the comment being removed. Communications made through the blog’s e-mail and messaging system will in no way constitute a legal or official notice or comment to the GSA or any official or employee of GSA for any purpose. The content of all comments are released into the public domain unless the commenter clearly states otherwise, so do not submit anything you do not wish to be oadcast to the general public. GSA does not discriminate against any views, but reserves the right not to post comments that do not adhere to these standards. GSA will make best efforts to review comments and post them as quickly as possible.

3. Product References by Blog Host

Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other nongovernmental organizations or individuals that are included in this blog are provided solely for the information of individuals using this blog. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of GSA, the United States Government (Government), or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying GSA or Government endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

4. Records Management

All blogs must conform and comply with the agency’s records maintenance and disposition system.

5. Linking Policy

The Great Government through Technology blog may include useful hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations and individuals’ blogs. All hypertext links must conform to all points in Section 6. Great Government through Technology provides these links and pointers solely for the blog users’ information and convenience.
When a user selects a link to an outside website, he/she is leaving the Great Government through Technology blog and is subject to the privacy and security policies of the owner/sponsor of the outside website. Hyperlinks to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained on those linked pages.

– GSA and Great Government through Technology do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website.

– GSA and Great Government through Technology do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and do not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.

– GSA and Great Government through Technology cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website. Those who provide comments are responsible for the copyright of the text they provide.

– GSA and Great Government through Technology are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.

– GSA and Great Government through Technology do not guarantee that outside websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

6. Copyright Information

Links to GSA blogs are welcomed. Unless a copyright is indicated, information on GSA’s blogs is in the public domain and may be copied and distributed without permission. Citation to the U.S. General Services Administration as the source of the information is appreciated.

If a copyright is indicated on a video, photo, graphic, or other material, permission to copy the material must be obtained from the original source.

7. Disclaimer of Endorsement of Author

The views expressed on Great Government through Technology are those of the individual bloggers. These views and posted comments do not necessarily reflect the views of GSA or the Government.

8. Public Affairs

If you would like verification or a transcript of information released on GSA blogs or if you have any questions or comments about the information presented, please contact GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications’ Public Affairs Office. Reporters must submit questions to the Public Affairs Office through normal query channels and refrain from submitting questions on blogs as comments. GSA will not post questions from reporters. Public Affairs may be contacted at 202-501-1231.

9. Privacy

Great Government through Technology follows the gsa.gov privacy policy. GSA will not share or sell any personal information obtained from users with any other organization or government agency except as required by law. Please view our complete Privacy and Security Policy. To protect your own privacy, and the privacy of others, please do not include phone numbers or e-mail addresses in the body of your comment.

Great Government through Technology is unable to post comments from children under the age of 13 due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). If you are 12 years old or younger, you may email us rather than posting a comment on Great Government through Technology.

The Office of Integrated Technology Services manages this blog as a portal for information from the U.S. General Services Administration. However, information posted on this blog is not official policy of GSA and will in no way grant anyone any rights, privileges, or standing on any matter. All information should be verified through official channels at GSA. For contact information at GSA, please check our website.