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EPA's Policy Regarding the Agency's Central Public Access Server


Date: June 30, 2000

Subject: EPA's Policy Regarding the Agency's Central Public Access Server

ToAssistant Administrators, General Counsel, Inspector General, Chief Information Officer, Associate Administrators, Regional Administrators, Staff Office Directors

From: W. Michael McCabe /s/, Acting Deputy Administrator

The purpose of this memorandum is to restate the Agency's central public access server policy, to ensure that all EPA World Wide Web information is at one simple address ( With this address, anyone on the Web can reach the EPA home page and browse or search through the thousands of files available.

Our Agency Web site has grown exponentially over the past several years. From the time that our home page first went live in late 1994, we have expanded our information offerings to over 360,000 Web pages, which received over 95,000,000 "hits" in May 2000. In order to maintain security safeguards and to effectively manage our growing Web site, we must use a central cluster of computers with our corporate address,

In 1996, the Deputy Administrator issued a memorandum (see attached) that stated an Agency-wide commitment to "maintaining a unified approach to our Internet presence ... with one corporate address." I am restating this commitment as policy: the Agency central server cluster will be the official location for both regulatory and programmatic Agency public communications. All EPA-generated and approved Web products should be published at the "" address.

Information that is offered on EPA's Web site may be copied or mirrored to other sites (e.g., universities or other non-governmental organizations), but it must first reside on the central public access server. Only in unique situations will the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) grant waivers for information that resides on a server maintained by a consortium, interstate or international commission or similar organization that is collaborating with EPA.

Please review how you provide information on the Web. If you find that some of your information needs to be transferred to the EPA central server, or want to apply for a waiver, or have questions about this issue, please contact Emma McNamara, 202-566-0707, in the Office of Information Analysis and Access in OEI.

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