Testing oil spill containment equipment is a critical part of BSEE's mission protecting safety and the environment on the Outer Continental Shelf. Some testing is done at Ohmsett National Oil Spill Response Research Facility in BSEE's 2.6 million-gallon salt water tank for simulating ocean conditions.
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Children's Privacy Policy 

This is how we will handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

If you visit our site to read or download information, such as consumer brochures or press releases:

We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain); the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site. We do not store any personal identifiers.This information is not stored in any particular fashion, but is part of a systems log file. 

For site management, information is collected for statistical purposes. This government computer system uses software programs 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. This information is only used internally, does not contain personal identifiers, and will only be used for internal management purposes. 

If you identify yourself by sending an E-mail or filling out a questionnaire or guestbook:

You also may decide to send us personally-identifying information, for example, in an electronic mail message containing a complaint. We use personally-identifying information from consumers in various ways to further our customer's protection and to provide better service. This may be to correct broken links that you have identified or provide additional information that you have requested. 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 in the face of any required disclosure. 

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us. Except as might be required by law, we do not share any information we receive with outside parties. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us:

Debbie Kimball
MS 2200
381 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170-4817
703-787-1689

The Departmental Privacy Policy Program Website offers more information on Privacy Policy at: http://www.doi.gov/ocio/privacy/. Last Modified September 02, 2010.

Children's Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting the BSEE website and reviewing our Children's Privacy Policy. The BSEE Kids Page is a gateway to other information which you may enjoy. That means that when you click on our list of links, you will be leaving our site. As a gateway we are not responsible for writing or maintaining the information on the sites that we link to. If you have questions or comments about the information, you should use the email links or forms that site has provided.

Children's Privacy on Our Site

The BSEE Kids' Page does not ask for or collect personal, individually-identifiable information from children. We do use computer log files so we can see how many visitors we have, but we can't tell personal information from them. If any visitor to the site chooses to provide us with personal information, as in an email inquiry, that information will be used only to respond to the message. The information will not be used for any purpose other than to respond to the inquiry. We do not create individual profiles from the information provided or distribute the information to other organizations. For more information see "Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998."

Message to Children - Be Careful on the Web

The BSEE Kids' Page is a gateway. That means that when you click on a link, you will be leaving our site. Government sites that we provide links to also have to follow special rules for their kid's sites, but non-government sites do not have to follow the same rules. You may click to a site that will ask you for personal information, like your name, address, telephone number, or email address. Before you provide any information, show your parent or some other responsible adult what you are doing. Be safety smart!

Message to Parents and Guardians

The BSEE Kids' Page is a gateway that will take your children to other sites. A majority of the links we provide will take your children to other government sites. It is important that you monitor your children's communication on-line to insure that they do not provide personally identifiable information to websites that you feel are unacceptable. Tell your children to ask you or another adult to look at what they are doing first if they wish to provide their name, address, telephone number, or email address to a website.

The following is how we handle information we learn about you from your visit to our website. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically

We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us. We collect and store only the following information about you: the name of the domain from which you access the Internet (for example, aol.com, if you are connecting from an America Online account, or princeton.edu if you are connecting from Princeton University's domain); the date and time you access our site; and the Internet address of the website from which you linked directly to our site.

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 Identify Yourself by Sending an E-mail

If you send us personal identifying information by e-mail (for example, in a message containing a question or comment, or by filling out a form that e-mails us this information), we use it to respond to your requests. We may forward your e-mail to other Government employees or contract personnel who are better able to answer your questions. We do not keep or distribute lists of e-mail addresses to any parties outside of the Department except as necessary to conduct official U.S. Government business. In no event, do we distribute lists of e-mail addresses to non-Government entities.

We want to be very clear: We will not obtain personally-identifying information about you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

Security Notice

For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, Department of the Interior (DOI) web servers employ industry-standard methods to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on DOI servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act. In the specific context of this security monitoring, there is no expectation of privacy. However, only in the case of actual law enforcement investigations, will we attempt to identify individual users or their usage habits.