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Website Policies

Security Notice

This website is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. The Department of Energy monitors this website for security purposes to ensure it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing this website, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities.

Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features, to use the system for other than intended purposes, to deny service to authorized users, to access, obtain, alter, damage, or destroy information, or otherwise interfere with the system or its operation are prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (Pub. L. 990474) and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-294), (18 U.S.C. 1030), or other applicable criminal laws.

Privacy Notice

We collect no personal information about you when you visit a DOE website, unless otherwise stated, unless you choose to provide this information to us. However, we collect and store certain information automatically. What we collect and store automatically is:

  • The Internet Protocol (IP) address of the domain from which you access the Internet (i.e. 123.456.789.012), whether yours individually or provided as a proxy by your Internet Service Provider (ISP) the date and time you access our site.
  • The pages you peruse (recorded by the text and graphics files that compose that page) and, the Internet address of the Website from which you linked directly to our site.

We use the summary statistics to help us make our site more useful to visitors, such as assessing what information is of most and least interest to visitors, and for other purposes such as determining the site's technical design specifications and identifying system performance or problem areas.

This information is NOT shared with anyone beyond the support staff to this home page, except when required by Law Enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.

To view the Department of Energy's web policies, click here.

Linking Policy

Hyperlinks to a website are only allowed if the website is sponsored, supported, or partnered by ARPA-E or the Department of Energy, is educational in nature, or is another Government website, including those sites sponsored by state or local governments. The Department of Energy will not allow any hyperlinks to any websites that advocate hate, bias or discrimination, or which contains information or hyperlinks associated with partisan political activity. ARPA-E does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website and does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. 

Links may be made to our website from other personal and organizational web pages. We request that you link to our site rather than downloading portions of it to another web server, so that our viewers will see our most up-to-date information.

Copyright, Restrictions, and Permissions Notice

Government information at Department of Energy websites, including ARPA-E's website, is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the Department of Energy be given appropriate acknowledgement. When using DOE websites, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Images on our website which are in the public domain may be used without permission. If you use images from our website, we ask that you credit us as the source. Please note that some images on our site may have been obtained from other organizations. Permission to use these images should be obtained directly from those organizations.

DOE websites have links to many other websites. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the copyright and licensing restrictions of the new site.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as the FOIA, was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the federal government's records. The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 expanded the scope of the FOIA to encompass electronic records and require the creation of "electronic reading rooms" to make records more easily and widely available to the public.

To view the Department of Energy's FOIA policies, click here.

Office of the Inspector General

As mandated by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, the Office of Inspector General promotes the effective operation of the Department of Energy. These efforts are accomplished through a robust program of audits, inspections, and investigations designed to improve economy and efficiency and to detect and prevent fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.

To view the Department of Energy's Office of the Inspector General web page, click here

The No Fear Act

The Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) became effective on October 1, 2003. It is intended to reduce the incidence of workplace discrimination within the federal government by making agencies and departments more accountable.

To view the Department of Energy's No Fear Act reporting page, click here

Open Government

ARPA-E has worked to expand the amount of information available online about our programs, projects, funding awards, and progress. We encourage people to sign up for our newsletter alerts and updates, which include information about funding opportunity announcements and awards. And, we also use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to engage the public directly and expand the national conversation on energy innovation.

For more information of the Department of Energy’s commitment to Open Government, please click here

Reporting SBIR/STTR Fraud, Waste, and Abuse

To learn more about reporting Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) fraud, click here.