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NCI Digital Media Guidelines

  • Updated: 05/03/2012

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Policies and Procedures for NCI Websites

Website Clearance
Required Links on All NCI Websites

Website Clearance

Any time that a new website or a major revision to a website (e.g., new design or different navigation) is undertaken, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs (OASPA) must review the site and approve it before it goes live. Minor content revisions (e.g., a couple of pages, following the existing navigation and look-and-feel) do not need review.

The Clearance Process

Types of clearance

Clearance by OASPA is necessary for some Web-only products, such as:

  • reports
  • brochures
  • Web-based training materials
  • electronic newsletters
  • fact sheets (new only)

The site will need to comply with the following:

For more information about clearance, see or contact:

NCI Clearance Office
6116 Executive Blvd., Room 3016, Mailstop 8321
Bethesda, MD 20892-8321
(deliveries: Rockville, MD 20852)
Fax: 301-480-8105

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget requires federal agencies to post or link to certain information on their principal website and on major entry points to their sites. To satisfy this requirement, all NCI websites must include the following three links in their footers:

The footer must also include certain cross-agency links. See more information about footers for NCI websites.