NWCG is committed to meeting the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C 794d), as amended. Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. If you require assistance or wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on this website, please contact us or your NWCG representative. Please include the web address or URL and the specific problem encountered.
Guide and Related Information:
- Guidelines on Creating 508 Compliant Documents/PDFs for Posting on the NWCG Website
- Adobe Document: Creating accessible PDF documents withAdobe® InDesign® CS6
- 508 Webinars:
NWCG complies with existing laws and directives that address the digital, copyrights, trademark, and patent rights of the public.
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- Copyright Law
- U.S. Trademark Law
- U.S. Patent Law, U.S. Code 35, Chapter 26
NWCG follows the linking policy implemented by our member organizations.
- Reference the DOI policy at: https://www.doi.gov/public/Linking-Policy
- Reference the USDA policy at: https://www.usda.gov/policies-and-links
NWCG guidance for the management of documents, data, and the protection of government records. Individuals handling NWCG or incident records are responsible for managing them responsibly and according to the law and regulation. Information is provided for the following:
- Guidance for the creation, maintenance, and disposition of NWCG records, and
- Agency policy and guidance to incident management teams for the creation, maintenance, and disposition of incident records.
Social Media Policy
The overarching and definitive guidance document for all NWCG social media is the DOI Digital Media Guide (https://www.doi.gov/employees/dmguide). Any activities prohibited within the DOI policy are inherently prohibited by NWCG. The DOI Social Media Policy also contains an extensive explanation of the government’s use of social media and applicable laws that must be followed. Additional guidance can be found in the DOI Social Media Policy (https://www.doi.gov/notices/Social-Media-Policy).
Comments by the Public
The ability to accept comments and respond to them appropriately is vital to a successful NWCG social media site. Users and visitors to NWCG social media sites will be notified that the intended purpose of the site is to serve as a mechanism for communication between NWCG and the public and that certain restrictions will be placed on users’ comments and feedback.
A disclaimer on each social media site will describe the process for submitting official comments to NWCG. It will emphasize that comments submitted on social media sites are informal and unofficial and will inform the public on the process for submitting official comments.
Each social media site will have content or a link to reference expected “Citizen Conduct.” This notification will indicate that comments or responses made by the public containing any of the following forms of content will not be tolerated and will be removed:
- Comments in support of or opposition to political campaigns or ballot measures;
- Profane language or content;
- Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation;
- Sexual content or links to sexual content;
- Solicitations of commerce;
- Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity;
- Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems; or
- Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party.