This website uses measurement and customization technology known as a "cookies." Cookies are used to remember a user's online interactions with a website or online application in order to conduct measurement and analysis of usage or to customize the user's experience.
There are two kinds of cookies used on this website. A single-session cookie (Tier 1) is a line of text that is stored temporarily on a user's computer and deleted as soon as the browser is closed. A persistent or multi-session cookie (Tier 2) is saved to a file on a user's hard drive and is called up the next time that user visits a website. Use of these cookies does not involve the collection of a visitor's personally identifiable information (PII).
Cookies are enabled by default to optimize website functionality and customize user experience. Users can choose not to accept the use of these cookies by changing the settings on their local computer's web browser. The USA.gov website, http://www.usa.gov/optout_instructions.shtml, provides general instructions on how to opt out of cookies and other commonly used web measurement and customization technologies. Opting out of cookies still permits users to access comparable information and services; however, it may take longer to navigate or interact with the website if a user is required to fill out certain information repeatedly.
Tier 1 cookies are used for technical purposes to improve a user experience and to allow users to more easily navigate the website.
Urchin software collects aggregate statistics of website visitor characteristics, traffic, and activity. This information is used to assess what content is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, and identify system performance or problem areas. The software records a variety of data, including IP addresses (the locations of computers or networks on the Internet), unique visits, page views, hits, referring websites, and which hyperlinks have been clicked . Tier 2 cookies are used to distinguish between summary statistics for users who have been to the site before and those that are visiting the site the for the first time. The Office of Economic Adjustment does not gather, request, record, require, collect or track any Internet users' PII through these processes.
Third-party websites and applications that are not owned, operated, or controlled by the Office of Economic Adjustment are integral to Internet-based operations across the Office of Economic Adjustment and used to augment official communication. These capabilities include, but are not limited to, networking services, media sharing services, wikis and data mashups. These sites may collect PII and may make it available to the Office of Economic Adjustment and other users; however, the PII is not collected on behalf of, nor is it provided specifically for, the Office of Economic Adjustment. The Office of Economic Adjustment does not harvest and additionally collect, maintain, share or otherwise use such PII for any purpose other than that for which it is made available to all users.