A Note about Plug-Ins
Plug-ins allow visitors to AmeriCorps websites to open various types of files on the site. When users select a link to an external website, they are leaving the AmeriCorps site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website. AmeriCorps does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of these outside links. The inclusion of these links is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, products, or services offered on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring them.
AmeriCorps links to websites that provide useful, timely, citizen-centered government information and services, consistent with our linking policy.
Links to Government Websites
AmeriCorps links to publicly available websites that are government-owned or government sponsored, unless directed not to by the agency that owns the site. Acceptable federal government-owned or government-sponsored website domains include .gov, .mil, and .fed.us.
AmeriCorps also links to: quasi-government agencies and websites created by public sector/private sector partnerships; state and local government sites (e.g., www.maryland.gov); and some government-sponsored websites that end in .com, .org, or .net (e.g., www.usps.com for the U.S. Postal Service and www.ncfy.com/clear.html for the National Clearinghouses on Homeless Youth & Families).
Links to Non-Government Websites
AmeriCorps websites also link to websites that are not government-owned or government-sponsored if these websites provide government information and/or services in a way that is not available on an official government website. AmeriCorps provides these non-government websites as a public service only.
The U.S. government, including AmeriCorps, neither endorses nor guarantees in any way the external organizations, services, advice, or products included in these website links. Furthermore, the U.S. government neither controls nor guarantees the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of the information contained in non-government website links.
AmeriCorps staff evaluates all links using the following criteria:
- Is the website an official government-owned or supported website? If not, does the website provide government information and/or services in a way that is not available on an official government website?
- Does the website complement existing information, products, and services from AmeriCorps?
- Is the website accessible and applicable to a wide audience?
- Is the website’s content relevant, useful, and authoritative for citizens, businesses, and/or government officials?
- Does the website’s information appear to be accurate and current?
- Is the website’s approach to the privacy of personal information consistent with the government's privacy and security policies?
- Is the primary intent of the website to educate and inform, rather than persuade, convert, or sell? The site may include advertising but must be free from heavy marketing or promotion of products.
- Does the website provide information free of charge?
Though any site is welcome to link to AmeriCorps websites, we do not engage in reciprocal linking. Our sites are in the public domain, and there is no cost or special permission required to link to them.
AmeriCorps websites feature links, information, and services based on one or more of the following highly desirable criteria:
- The website enables citizens, businesses, and/or government officials to conduct transactions online (e.g., buy materials for national service needs or projects).
- The website provides citizens, businesses, and/or government officials with the information they need to interact directly with government organizations (e.g., clearly available telephone numbers, street addresses, e-mail addresses, and instructions).
- The website provides citizens with information about service performance.
- The website provides community-level information and services (e.g., MapStats, post office locators, Social Security Office locators, National Park Service Guides, and veterans’ facilities).
AmeriCorps will not link to any website that exhibits hate, bias, discrimination, specific religious views, or social agendas. Furthermore, AmeriCorps reserves the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information or unsubstantiated claims or is determined to be in conflict with AmeriCorps’ mission or policies.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on AmeriCorps websites includes hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and/or private organizations. AmeriCorps provides these links and pointers solely for our users’ information and convenience.
- AmeriCorps does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
- AmeriCorps does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites and does not endorse the views expressed or products offered therein.
- AmeriCorps cannot authorize the use of copyrighted, trademarked, and servicemarked materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
- AmeriCorps is not responsible for transmissions that users receive from linked websites.
- AmeriCorps does not guarantee that external websites comply with Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.
Priorities and Schedules for Posting Information
Our priorities and schedules for making AmeriCorps information available on our public internet are as follows:
Priority 1, as required by law, regulation, Presidential directive, or other official directive or national security:
- Agency reports and plans, including Annual and Performance Reports, Performance and Accountability Reports, FAIR Act reports, and NO FEAR Act Reports
- Privacy and accessibility notices
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reading room
- Links to USA.gov, Regulations.gov and other required destinations
Priority 2, mission-critical and essential for program operations but not required by law, regulation, or Presidential directive (i.e., information or services tied directly to AmeriCorps’ mission and/or strategic plan):
- Job vacancy announcements
- Grants announcements and project reports
- Information about major initiatives
Priority 3, frequently requested information or services that would improve organization business processes and/or customer service to the public:
- Customer-centric orientation to information and programs
- Forms and other "contact us" methods facilitating public requests for information and services
- Press releases and press kits
- Resources for grantees and program managers
Priority 4, other information:
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and other information intended to supplement or further explain information presented in more detail elsewhere on the site
- Site maps and other web site navigational aids
- All content noted above currently exists on our public internet.
- Information is posted to our website as soon as it is ready unless a deadline applies, in which case the information is posted on or before the deadline.
- Our website is accessible to persons with disabilities, per requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d), as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), August 7, 1998.