AHRQ Comment Policy

Social Media Policies and Tools

Social Media Policies and Tools for Comments

This policy applies to public comments and content submitted to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sites. AHRQ encourages the public to share comments on the content of this or any AHRQ Web site to promote an active exchange of ideas.

AHRQ reviews all comments and content that the public submits for posting and reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove content that is inconsistent with this policy.

AHRQ will not post submitted content if it contains:

  • Vulgar, profane, or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; inappropriate religious, sexual, political, or racial references; or unsupported accusations.
  • Endorsements of commercial products, services, organizations, or other entities.
  • Endorsements of political parties, candidates, or groups.
  • Content that infringes on copyright.
  • Solicitation of funds.
  • Comments on any ongoing investigation.
  • Procurement-sensitive information related to any current or future AHRQ acquisitions.
  • Surveys, polls, questionnaires, etc., subject to OMB Paperwork Reduction Act clearance.
  • Reporters' questions. All media inquiries must be directed to Alison Hunt at alison.hunt@ahrq.hhs.gov.

In posting comments or other content to a Web site owned or administered by AHRQ, the submitter irrevocably grants AHRQ permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives of, display, or perform the work publicly and free-of-charge. All submitted content is understood to reflect the opinion of the submitter, and its appearance on an AHRQ site does not indicate that it reflects the official views of AHRQ, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or the Federal Government.

Because posts are public, submitters should not include information (for example, Social Security numbers) in the text of a comment that personally identifies them in a way they do not intend. Additional guidance on how AHRQ regards privacy issues can be found at AHRQ's Privacy Policy page. All third party Web sites must link to AHRQ's privacy policy.

AHRQ welcomes submissions of comments and content at any time. Comment and content review and posting will generally occur during regular business hours from Monday through Friday. AHRQ will review and post comments and content submitted at other times as soon as possible.

Return to AHRQ's Social Media Guidelines

Current as of August 2012
Internet Citation: AHRQ Comment Policy: Social Media Policies and Tools. August 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/policy/social-media/comments/index.html