Thank you for visiting the NIFA Web
site and reviewing our privacy statement.
no personal information about you when
you visit our Web site unless you choose
to provide that information to us.
Here is how we handle information about
your visit to our Web site:
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
If you do nothing during your visit but browse through the Web site, read pages, or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store only the following information about your visit:
- The Internet domain (for example, "xcompany.com" if you use a private Internet access account, or "yourschool.edu" if you connect from a university's domain) and IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which you access our Web site;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
- The date and time you access our site;
- The pages you visit;
- If you linked to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site from another Web site, the address of that Web site;
- The version of Flash software on your computer; and
- Your geographical region and language settings
We use this information to help us make our site more useful to visitors - to learn about the number of visitors to our site and the types of technology our visitors are using.
Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies, including Cookies
NIFA utilizes third-party Web analytics and user experience services (Google Analytics and ForeSee) which employ the use of Tier 1 session cookies & Tier 2 persistent cookies as described in US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines.
As OMB notes, these web management technologies significantly benefit government Web sites and Web site service by allowing users to customize their settings, avoid filling out duplicative information, and navigate websites more quickly and in a way that serves their interests and needs. These technologies will also allow agencies to see what is useful to the public and respond accordingly. Services to customers and users can be significantly improved as a result.
The OMB policy also covers the protection of citizen privacy. NIFA’s use of these technologies is enabled by default and is in full compliance with the OMB directive, including providing users the ability to opt out of participation in this technology, directions for which are on the US Government’s official Web site, USA.gov Users who opt out will be able to view all information and access all services offered on the NIFA Web site.
Any questions about NIFA’s use of these Web technologies may be submitted to the NIFA privacy officer.
If You Send Us Personal Information
If you choose to provide us with personal
information, as in an e-mail to the Secretary
of Agriculture or someone else or by filling
out a form with your personal information
and submitting it to us through our Web
site, we use that information to respond
to your message and to help us locate for
you the information you have requested.
We treat e-mails the same way that we regard
letters sent to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture. We are required to maintain
many documents under the Presidential Records
Act for historical purposes, but we do
not collect personal information for any
purpose other than to respond to you. We
only share the information you give us
with another government agency if your
inquiry relates to that agency, or as otherwise
required by law. Moreover, we do not create
individual profiles with the information
you provide or to give it to any private
organizations. USDA does not collect information
for commercial marketing.
When You Visit USDA Agency/Staff Office
Please read the USDA Agency/Staff Office
Privacy Statement when you visit those
Web sites. Where necessary, an Agency/Staff
Office may have additional privacy criteria,
conditions, or information that you should
Information Systems Security Program Manager
The NIFA ISSPM is
part of the Information Systems and Technology
Links to Other Sites
Our Web site has links to many other federal
agencies. In a few cases we link to private
organizations, with their permission. Once
you access another site through a link
that we provide, you are subject to the
Web Site Security
Information presented on the USDA Web
site is considered public information and
may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate
byline/photo/image credits is requested.
- For site security purposes and to ensure
that 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.
- Except for authorized law enforcement
investigations, no other attempts are
made to identify individual users or
their usage habits. Raw data logs are
used for no other purposes and are scheduled
for regular destruction in accordance
with National Archives and Records Administration
General Schedule 20.
- Unauthorized attempts to upload information
or change information on this service
are strictly prohibited and may be punishable
under the Computer
Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National
Information Infrastructure Protection
Children's Online Privacy
Information on children's online privacy
protection can be found at the following
Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.