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Web Policies

Thank you for visiting the Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Maritime Administration web site. This page summarizes the policies and responsibilities for the Maritime Administration web site for external audiences.

This public web site is a means to successfully convey information and services to the public and to conduct business electronically. The Maritime Administration works hard to ensure that the delivery of information is done in a secure manner while focusing on the quality and integrity of the information.

Access for People with Disabilities

The Maritime Administration is committed to making the electronic technologies we deploy accessible to individuals with disabilities. We incorporate Section 508 compliance testing in the design, development, and maintenance of our web site. The Agencies work on accessible design is continuous, and we welcome feedback on improving the accessibility features of our site.

For disability-related information available from the Federal Government, visit the interagency Web portal for people with disabilities.

No Fear Act

On May 15, 2002, President Bush signed into law the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation (No Fear) Act, which increases federal agency accountability for acts of discrimination or reprisal against employees.

Linking to Other Web Sites

For your convenience, the Maritime Administration provides hypertext links to information created and maintained by other Federal, public, or private organizations. We cannot control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information provided by another site.

All non-Federal external links generate an exit page with a dialogue informing you that you are leaving the Maritime Administration site and subject to the privacy and security policies of that particular site. Federal sites are considered to have the same level of privacy and security and do not use an exit page. However, most sites have differing policies, so you should always verify privacy and security information as a best practice.

This site does not link to any site that exhibits hate, bias, or discrimination. The Maritime Administration reserves the right to deny or remove links that contain false information, unproven claims, or is determined to be in conflict with the mission or policies of the Maritime Administration.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as the FOIA, (5 U.S.C. § 552), was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the Federal Government’s records. Congress has since expanded the scope of the FOIA to encompass electronic records. However, you do not have to file a FOIA request to obtain information which is routinely available for public inspection, including records from docketed cases, broadcast applications and related files, petitions for rulemakings, various legal and technical publications, legislative history compilations, etc. See 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.453 and 0.455.


A “cookie” is a small text file that is stored on your computer and makes it easy for you to move around a web site without having to continually re-enter your name, password, preferences, etc. The Maritime Administration does not use cookies on its public web site. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for more information.

Privacy Policy

The Maritime Administration respects your right to privacy and will protect it when you visit our web site. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our web site unless you specifically and knowingly choose to provide such information to us. If you choose to provide information to us, we use it only to fulfill your request for information or services.

Maritime Administration Website Inventory, Priorities, and Schedules

The Maritime Administration maintains an inventory of our web site content and associated online publication schedules and priorities, as required by Section 207(f)(2) of the E-Government Act of 2002. We strive to make the our network and online systems highly reliable and available. To this end, we must periodically bring down systems for service, software updates, repairs, routine maintenance, and performance tuning. Accordingly, we have established a network maintenance window when some or all systems might be brought down for maintenance work. While this work is essential, we also recognize that it presents an inconvenience. Whenever it is necessary to bring down all systems, appropriate notification is posted on the home page.

Last updated: Wednesday, November 14, 2018