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Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the DOI OIG website. The following explains how we handle information about your visit to our site:

We collect and store the name of the domain from which you accessed the Internet (e.g. aol.com if you connect from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you connect from Princeton University's domain), the date and time you accessed our site, and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site. This information becomes part of a systems log file and does not store any personally identifiable information. We collect this information for site management and statistical purposes.

You may send us personally identifying information (e.g. in an email containing a complaint or by filling out an online form). We will use the personally identifying information you send us to respond to your message, fulfill the purpose for which you sent it, and provide better customer service. With respect to requests for confidentiality or anonymity, please visit the "What are my rights?" section of the Additional Information About the Complaint Hotline page.

Any information sent via email or an online form could become part of our official records and be subject to disclosure in accordance with law. Our records are handled according to the requirements of the law, including the Federal Records Act, the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and where applicable, the Privacy Act and/or the Freedom of Information Act.

We only collect the personally identifying information that you choose to provide. We do not disclose any personally identifying information we receive except as authorized by law.

"Cookies" are small text files stored on your computer by a website used to track analytical information and improve user experience. By default, our site uses “persistent cookies” that can last through multiple sessions. You can set up your web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. Visit the usa.gov web measurement and customization opt-out page for instructions. You can still use our website if you opt to set your browser to not accept the cookies.

DOI OIG participates on open, unmoderated forums offered by the commercial social network site Twitter in order to increase Government transparency, promote public participation and encourage collaboration with the OIG.

Please note that the OIG does not control, moderate, or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites. In addition, the OIG does not collect, maintain or disseminate information posted there. Visit our Contact page for information on how to send official correspondence to OIG.

For site security and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this Government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, such as under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Privacy Authorities

Below are the major legislative authorities that mandate how Federal agencies maintain records about individuals. For a more complete list of legislative authorities, please see the Resources section above.

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about our privacy policy, please contact us by e-mail at oig_privacy@doioig.gov.