Protecting your privacy is very important to us. Our website ( links out to other sites, federal agency sites. Once you leave the primary site, you are subject to the privacy policy for the site(s) you are visiting. We do not collect any personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to the site unless you choose to provide it to us. We do, however, collect some data about your visit to our website to help us better understand how the site is used to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse, and/or download information from our website. Information collected may be used to market 3rd party services that align with your interests.


When you visit the site, the following information is stored:

  • Domain from which you access the Internet
  • IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to a computer when surfing the web )
  • Operating system and information about the type of browser used when visiting the site
    Date and time of your visit
  • Pages you visited
  • Address of the website that connected you to the site (such as or

We use this information to measure the number of visitors to our site and its various sections and to help make our site more useful to visitors. Unless it is specifically stated otherwise, no additional information will be collected about you.

When inquiries are e-mailed to us, we store the question and the e-mail address information so that we can respond electronically. Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our website. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you chose to provide such information to us.


When you visit some websites, their web servers generate pieces of information known as cookies. The use of cookies on the site fall into two categories, based on the length of time they remain active:

Session cookies are used for technical purposes, such as enabling better navigation through the site, facilitating the use of user accounts, and generating aggregated statistics about how the website is used. There are two types of session cookies:

1. Single-session cookies last only as long as a web browser is open. Once the browser is closed, the data files on your computer are deleted. Information collected from per-session cookies will not be disclosed to third parties. For these technical purposes, per-session cookies are enabled by default.

2. Multi-session cookies last beyond a single session of browsing a website; this allows a website to recognize a computer or user for defined amount of time.

Persistent cookies. We use persistent cookies to enable Google Analytics to differentiate between new and returning visitors by analyzing the data collected through the session and persistent metrics cookies. The third-party analytics provider does not receive personally identifiable information through these cookies and does not combine, match, or cross-reference information with any other information. Please review the third-party analytics provider’s privacy policy (link is external) for additional information.

The site generally does not access or store the raw information collected through these cookies. We do view aggregate statistical analyses prepared by our third-party analytics provider, but these analyses do not include any personally identifiable information. We do not sell, rent, exchange, or otherwise disclose this information to persons or organizations outside the site.

How to Opt Out or Disable Cookies: If you do not wish to have session or persistent cookies placed on your computer, you can disable them using your web browser. If you opt out of cookies, you will still have access to all information and resources at the site. Instructions for disabling or opting out of cookies in the most popular browsers are located at Please note that by following the instructions to opt-out of cookies, you may be disabling cookies from all sources, not just those from the site. You can also delete cookies stored in your browser at any time.


Third-Party websites and Applications are web-based technologies that are not exclusively operated or controlled by the site.

Twitter: The site uses Twitter to send short messages (up to 140 characters) or ‘Tweets’ to share News messages with visitors and respond to comments and inquiries sent via Twitter. While visitors may read the News Twitter feeds without subscribing to them, visitors who want to subscribe to (or follow) Twitter feeds must create a Twitter account at (link is external). To create an account, you must provide some personal information, such as name, user name, password and email address. Visitors have the option to provide additional personal information including a short biography, location or a picture. Most information you provide for a Twitter account is available to the public, but you can modify how much of your information is visible by changing your privacy settings at the website. Ataff members monitor the number of subscribers and respond to comments and queries via Twitter, but the staff never takes possession of the personal information belonging to Twitter followers. The site does not collect, maintain, disclose or share any information about people who follow News on Twitter. The Twitter privacy policy is available at: (link is external).

Questions about our privacy policies should be sent to [email protected].