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Terms of Service for Developer Resources

The following terms of service govern the USA.gov Developer Resources web pages and services, from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). These are offered subject to your acceptance of the terms and conditions contained herein as well as any relevant sections of the USA.gov Site Policies (collectively, the "Agreement").


Scope

All of the content, documentation, code and related materials made available to you through USA.gov is subject to these terms. Access to or use of USA.gov services or its content constitutes acceptance to this Agreement.

Secondary Use

Data accessed through USA.gov do not, and should not, include controls over its end use. However, as the data owners or authoritative sources, the Departments and Agencies providing the data retain version control. Once the data has been downloaded from USA.gov, the U.S. Government cannot vouch for the quality and timeliness of any analyses conducted with data retrieved.

Citing Data

Users of publicly-available APIs should cite the date that data were accessed or retrieved using the APIs. Finally, users must clearly state that "USA.gov and the federal government cannot vouch for the data or analyses derived from these data after the data have been retrieved from USA.gov." GSA or USA.gov logos may not be used by persons who are not GSA employees or on products (including Web pages) that are not GSA-sponsored.

Public Participation

In support of the Transparency and Open Government Initiative, recommendations from individuals, groups, and organizations regarding the presentation of data, data types, and metadata will contribute to the evolution of USA.gov’s publicly-accessible APIs.

Modification or False Representation of Content

You may not modify or falsely represent content accessed through USA.gov and still claim the source is USA.gov.

Right to Limit

Use of the APIs may be subject to certain limitations on access, calls, or use as set forth within this Agreement or otherwise provided by GSA. If GSA reasonably believes that you have attempted to exceed or circumvent these limits, your ability to use the API may be permanently or temporarily blocked.

GSA may monitor your use of its services to improve the service or to insure compliance with this Agreement.

Service Termination

If you wish to terminate this Agreement, you may do so by refraining from further use of the services. GSA reserves the right (though not the obligation) to (1) refuse to provide the services to you, if it is GSA’s opinion that use violates any GSA policy, or (2) terminate or deny you access to and use of all or part of the services at any time for any other reason in its sole discretion. Any hosted applications may also be shutdown or removed. All provisions of this Agreement which by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination including, without limitation, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.

Changes

GSA reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace this Agreement, in whole or in part. Your continued use of or access to the USA.gov services following posting of any changes to this Agreement constitutes acceptance of those modified terms. GSA may, in the future, offer new services and/or features. Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement.

Disclaimer of Warranties

USA.gov services are provided “as is” and on an “as-available” basis. GSA hereby disclaims all warranties of any kind, express or implied, including without limitation the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. GSA makes no warranty that the services will be error free or that access thereto will be continuous or uninterrupted.

Limitations on Liability

In no event will GSA be liable with to respect to any subject matter of this Agreement under any contract, negligence, strict liability or other legal or equitable theory for: (1) any special, incidental, or consequential damages; (2) the cost of procurement of substitute products or services; or (3) for interruption of use or loss or corruption of data.

General Representations

You hereby warrant that (1) your use of the services will be in strict accordance with the USA.gov privacy policy, this Agreement, and all applicable laws and regulations, and (2) your use of the services will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless GSA, its contractors, employees, agents, and the like from and against any and all claims and expenses including attorney’s fees, arising out of your use of the APIs, including but not limited to violation of this Agreement. This Indemnification clause shall not apply to government entities.

Miscellaneous

This Agreement constitutes the entire Agreement between GSA and you concerning the subject matter hereof, and may only be modified by the posting of a revised version on this page by GSA.

Disputes

Any disputes arising out of this Agreement and access to or use of the services shall be governed by federal law.

No Waiver of Rights

GSA’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision of this Agreement shall not constitute waiver of such right or provision.

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