Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the BOEM website and reviewing our privacy policy. How we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

What We Collect and Store Automatically

If you visit our site to read or download information, we will gather and store certain information about your visit automatically. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about your visit:

  • The name of the Internet domain (for example, "" if you use a private Internet access account, or "" if you are connecting from a university's domain);
  • The IP address (a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you are using the Internet) from which you access our site;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site;
  • The country and state from which you access our site;
  • The pages you visit and the information you request; and
  • Search terms used to get to our website from an external search engine and terms used on our site using our search engine.

This information is primarily collected to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problem areas. We use the information we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, and to help us make our site more useful to visitors.

If You Send Us Personal Information

You do not have to provide personal information to visit our website.  If you choose to provide personal information, such as by sending an email, we will use the information to improve our service to you or respond to you. 

Any information that we collect via a questionnaire or a guestbook may be subject to disclosure, but will be handled in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy.

We may transfer personal information to a third party only in the following cases:

  • To a bank or United States Department of the Treasury account, which must receive payment for a transaction that you initiated;
  • To a company that is contracted to assist us with specific services, including electronic commerce or donations, and which agrees not to sell or use personal information for other purposes;
  • To legal authorities if we suspect that you are attempting to change or otherwise damage this website, or you are using it in violation of Federal or local laws; or
  • To Congress or a court in response to a subpoena.

Information Collected for Tracking and Customization (Cookies)

A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow it to remember specific information about your session while you are connected. Your computer will only share the information in the cookie with the website that provided it. No other website can request it. There are two types of cookies: session and persistent. Session cookies last only as long as your Web browser is open. Once you close your browser, the cookie disappears. Persistent cookies store information on your computer for longer periods of time.

BOEM websites may use session cookies for technical purposes such as to enable better navigation through the site, or to allow you to customize your preferences for interacting with the site. A few BOEM websites may also make use of persistent cookies to remember you between visits so, for example, you can save your customized preference settings for future visits. Each BOEM site using persistent cookies identifies itself as doing so. provides instructions for "opting-out" of web measurement and customization technologies, through disabling cookies on your web browser.

Links to Other Sites

Our website has links to many other Federal agencies.  Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the privacy policy of that site. The privacy policies and procedures described here do not apply to any external sites. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information.

Social Media

BOEM participates in open forums offered by third-party commercial social media sites in order to increase government transparency, and promote public participation and collaboration with the bureau. Please note that while we encourage candid conversation and frank exchanges of ideas, BOEM does not control or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these social media sites and cannot attest to the accuracy of the information provided by these sites. The essential information shared on these third party sites is available on is the official source of information from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. If you use a site outside of BOEM, you are subject to the privacy and security policies of that site.

BOEM uses social media sites as dynamic information sharing tools to access real-time information, for external relations, and to encourage public dialogue. BOEM posts videos, images, and news events on these sites to provide alternative opportunities to disseminate information and content to the public. Policies related to content, such as videos, images, and audio are posted separately. BOEM does not actively seek personal information and will only collect the information necessary for the proper performance of official bureau functions, or to accomplish a purpose required by statute, executive order, or regulation. If BOEM receives your personal information through interaction with a social media site, it is required to maintain the information in accordance with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Freedom of Information Act to ensure the greatest protection of personal privacy.

In addition to our primary social media channels, each of which has its own privacy policy, BOEM uses the URL shortener in Twitter and other postings. is “built in” to the Twitterfeed tool, in that it automatically shortens long URLs in Twitter posts. According to its privacy policy, uses cookies (see Cookies above). Those cookies are invoked only if the shortened URL is clicked.  For further information, please check our Social Media Policy.

Website Security

For site security and to ensure this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this site are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.

We use virus protection measures on our computer systems and regularly update the software. These are computer security measures that, in addition to maintaining our computer systems, also ensure that all files that we develop and/or post on our web servers are virus-free. When you request a file for download from our site, it is possible, though unlikely, that the data may contract a virus and become corrupted before it reaches your computer. BOEM is not responsible for files that may become corrupted as the data travels the Internet.


If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to:

Melissa Allen
BOEM Privacy Officer
45600 Woodland Rd.
Sterling, VA 20166
Telephone: (703) 787-1739

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