The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is committed to protecting the privacy rights of its customers, individual citizens, and employees, and also dedicated to securing the personally identifiable information (PII) requested by the Commission. The most essential function of the FERC Privacy Program is to carry out the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974, including other privacy-related laws and policies, together with balancing the information requirements and operational needs of FERC against the privacy interest of individuals.
The Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP) leads the FERC Privacy Program and has agency-wide responsibility and accountability for implementing and maintaining the Program to ensure compliance with all applicable privacy-related statutes, regulations, policies and guidance.
Rights Under the Privacy Act of 1974
The Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (5 U.S.C. § 552a), prohibits the disclosure without consent of information about individuals that the Federal government maintains in a system of records.
Personally Identifiable Information
As a general rule, FERC does not collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about you when you visit our website, unless you decide to provide such information to us. Submitting PII through our website is voluntary, and by doing so, you are giving FERC your permission to use the information for a specific, stated purpose. However, failure to provide certain information may result in the Commission’s inability to provide you with the service you desire.
The FERC website and many of our programs allow you to correspond with us by email. We will use the information you provide to process your request or respond to your inquiry. Your email message may be forwarded to other Commission employees who are better able to help you. We will only send you general information via email. You should be aware that email is not necessarily secure against interception. Therefore, we suggest that you refrain from sending sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) (such as a social security number) to us through email.
Information Collected and Stored Automatically
When you visit or browse our website to read, print or download information, such as a filing or issuance, we do not collect your name, email, mailing address or similar identifying information without your knowledge. However, we will automatically collect and use certain information about your visit in the aggregate.
Information Collected for Website Improvement and Customization
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo M-10-22, Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies allows Federal agencies to use session and persistent cookies.
Internet Security Policy
By using this site, you are agreeing to security monitoring and auditing. For security purposes, and to ensure that the public service remains available to users, this government computer system employs programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage, including attempts to deny service to users.
FERC uses social media sites as information sharing tools to engage in discussion, share information and media, and collaborate with the public. Access to FERC’s social media sites are available at https://www.ferc.gov/. Your activity on these social media sites is governed by the security and privacy policies of the third-party sites. FERC does not control, moderate or endorse the comments or opinions provided by visitors to these sites. You should review the privacy policies of all websites before using them and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. You should also adjust privacy settings on your account on any third-party website to match your preferences.
FERC is committed to ensuring compliance with all privacy laws, regulations, and policies related to the protection of personally identifiable information (PII) entrusted to this Commission by its customers, the public and its employees. The Senior Agency Official for Privacy (SAOP) is responsible for maintaining agency-wide compliance with all applicable statutes, regulations, and policies regarding the creation, collection, use, processing, storage, maintenance, dissemination, disclosure, and disposal of PII.