Memorandum M-05-04, Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites



SUBJECT: Policies for Federal Agency Public Websites

The efficient, effective, and appropriately consistent use of Federal agency public websites is important to promote a more citizen centered government. This memorandum and attachment fulfill the requirements of section 207(f) of the E-Government Act of 2002 (Pub. L. No. 107-347). Overall, the management of agencies' public websites should be in compliance with Federal information resource management law and policy.

Federal agency public websites are information resources funded in whole or in part by the Federal government and operated by an agency, contractor, or other organization on behalf of the agency. They present government information or provide services to the public or a specific non-Federal user group and support the proper performance of an agency function. Federal agency public websites are also information dissemination products as defined in Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130, “Management of Federal Information Resources.” Agencies must manage Federal agency public websites as part of their information resource management program following guidance in OMB Circular A-130, OMB “Guidelines for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility, and Integrity of Information Disseminated by Federal Agencies” (67 FR 5365), this memorandum, and other information policy issuances. OMB expects prompt and orderly implementation of the policies in this memorandum and its attachment. OMB expects agencies to become fully compliant with new requirements by 12/31/05 and continue to adhere to existing requirements. OMB will monitor agency compliance with these policies as part of its oversight of agency information resource management programs. The recommendations and best practices published by the Interagency Committee on Government Information (*1 ) will aid your implementation of the policies outlined in the attachment.

If you have any questions regarding this memorandum, please contact Kimberly Nelson (202) 395-3787, or Daniel Costello (202) 395-7857, Policy Analysts, Information Policy and Technology Branch, Office of Management and Budget.