Privacy Policy



Thank you for visiting the DOI OIG’s Web site. The following explains how we handle information about your visit to our site:

1. Information collected and stored automatically:

We collect and store the name of the domain from which you accessed the Internet (e.g. aol.com if you connect from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you connect from Princeton University's domain), the date and time you accessed our site, and the Internet address of the Web site from which you linked directly to our site. This information becomes part of a systems log file and does not store any personally identifiable information. We collect this information for site management and statistical purposes.

We also use a tool called “Google Analytics” that uses information about your visit including the IP address assigned to the computer you use when you visit the site to create summary statistics that assess the most and least interesting content, the number of visitors to different sections of our site, and other usage measurements. We use this to help us make the site more useful, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. The information we get from using Google Analytics does not show your identity or the IP address assigned to the computer you use at the time of your visit, nor do we combine that information with any personally identifiable information. The information we obtain from using Google Analytics is only used by site managers for the purposes described above and is not retained for any longer than necessary.

2. If you send us personally identifying information:

You may send us personally identifying information (e.g. in an email containing a complaint or by filling out an online form). We will use the personally identifying information you send us to respond to your message, fulfill the purpose for which you sent it, and provide better customer service. With respect to requests for confidentiality or anonymity, please visit the Your Rights page.

Any information sent via email or an online form could become part of our official records and be subject to disclosure in accordance with law. Our records are handled according to the requirements of the law, including the Federal Records Act, the regulations and records schedules of the National Archives and Records Administration, and where applicable, the Privacy Act and/or the Freedom of Information Act.

We only collect the personally identifying information that you choose to provide. We do not disclose any personally-identifying information we receive except as authorized by law.

3. Cookies:

"Cookies" are small text files stored on your computer by a Web site used to track analytical information and improve user experience. By default, our Web site uses “persistent cookies” that can last through multiple sessions. You can set up your Web browser to inform you when cookies are set or to prevent cookies from being set. Visit the usa.gov Web measurement and customization opt-out page for instructions. You can still use our Web site if you opt to set your browser to not accept the cookies.

4. Social Network Policy:

The DOI OIG participates on open, un-moderated forums offered by the commercial social network site Twitter in order to increase Government transparency, promote public participation and encourage collaboration with the OIG.

Please note that the OIG does not control, moderate or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites. In addition, the OIG does not collect, maintain or disseminate information posted there. Visit our Contact page for information on how to send official correspondence to the Inspector General or to contact the OIG.

5. Security:

For site security and to ensure 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. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals evidence of possible abuse or criminal activity, such evidence may be provided to appropriate law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, such as under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

Forward questions or comments about information collected on this site to:

U.S. Department of the Interior
Office of Inspector General
FOIA/Privacy Staff
1849 C Street, N.W.
Mail Stop 4428
Washington, D.C. 20240
Phone: (703) 487-5436