U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
EERE Communication Standards & Guidelines
Many of the requirements that we have for EERE websites come from federal laws and departmental rules. By learning about the laws and regulations that govern the EERE Web world, it's easier to understand why we require what we do.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal websites to make all content accessible to users with disabilities. Disabled users may use screen readers, or have hearing issues, colorblindness, or difficulties using traditional hardware like a mouse or keyboard.
Although federally produced content is usually copyright free, that doesn't mean that everything on our websites is. Copyright law still applies to the content you get from elsewhere, such as stock image collections or your partners' websites.
The Paperwork Reduction Act requires that all federal websites request permission from the Office of Management and Budget before collecting information from the public. You should follow these guidelines when you collect information for the public, for projects such as surveys or usability tests.
Personally Identifiable Information, or PII, is any information about an individual. It's often collected for usability tests and surveys. Read more about what PII is and how to host it, and learn about the Privacy Impact Assessment form.
The Plain Writing Act (often referred to as the "Plain Language Act") requires federal websites to be written so that their target audiences can understand them.