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Footer Link Requirements

The laws and policies regarding footer links changed in 2019. Some elements are new, including Plain Language and Open Government.

Here’s an excerpt from pages 15 and 16 of the new DODI https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/817001p.pdf :

(1) Authority, Mission, and Organization. Link to a description of the DoD or the DoD Component’s organizational structure, mission, and statutory authority from major entry points (including homepages) on the DoD Federal Agency Public Website (https://www.defense.gov/) and the principal, public websites of the DoD Components, pursuant to OMB Memorandum M17-06.

(2) Freedom of Information Act. The Internet home page of every DoD Component will link to the FOIA Requester Service Center for that DoD Component.

 (3) Information Quality. Link to the DoD Information Quality website (https://dod.defense.gov/Resources/DoD-Information-Quality-Guidelines/).

 (4) “No Fear Act” Data. Include a hyperlink specifically labeled “No Fear Act Data” on home pages of the DoD Federal Agency Public Website and the principal public websites of the DoD Components. This specific label must link to summary statistical data about equal employment opportunity complaints filed with DoD or with the DoD Components, as applicable, and written notification of whistleblower rights and protections pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-17-06 and Public Law 107-174 (also known as the “No Fear Act”).

(5) Open Government. Link to the DoD Open Government website (https://open.defense.gov).

(6) Plain Writing. Link to the DoD Plain Writing website (http://www.esd.whs.mil/DD/plainlanguage/).

(7) Privacy Policy. Post or link to clear privacy policies on public DoD electronic messaging services, pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-17-06, at major entry points and those points or pages where personal information is collected from the public. Use the specific label “Privacy Policy.” The privacy and security notice provided in Figure 2 may be tailored to improve readability and comprehension for the intended audience.

(8) Privacy Program. A link to the Department’s Privacy Program page (defense.gov/privacy) must be included pursuant to OMB Memorandum M-17-06.

(9) Strategic and Annual Performance Plans. Link to the DoD or the DoD Component’s strategic and annual performance plans from major entry points to the DoD Federal Agency Public Website and the principal public websites of the DoD Components, consistent with OMB Memorandum M-17- 06.

 (10) USA.gov. Link to the USG’s Official Web Portal, USA.gov, from major entry points to the DoD Federal Agency Public Website and, if deemed necessary, the principal public websites of the DoD Components, consistent with OMB Memorandum M-17-06.

Full text for the following required notices is available in the DODI on the indicated pages:

https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/817001p.pdf

Figure 1. External Hyperlinks Disclaimer ................................................................................... 15

Figure 2. Privacy and Security Notice ......................................................................................... 17

Figure 3. Transparency Banner .................................................................................................... 18

In addition to these required links, many organizations include links to SAPR coordinators, Inspector General’s information, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Equal Opportunity Offices and Small Business Office, among others.

See also: https://dodcio.defense.gov/DoD-Web-Policy/

 

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