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Original Publication Date: 1997-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 9 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

Government Internet Domain Names. Federal Networking Council: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo provides an update and clarification to RFC 1816. This document describes the registration policies for the top-level domain ".GOV". The purpose of the domain is to provide naming conventions that identify US Federal government agencies in order to facilitate access to their electronic resources. This memo provides guidance for registrations by Federal Agencies that avoids name duplication and facilitates responsiveness to the public. It restricts registrations to coincide with the approved structure of the US government and the advice of its Chief Information Officers. Two documents are recognized as constituting documentation on the US government structure: FIPS 95-1 provides a standard recognized structure into which domain registrations for .GOV and FED.US can fit; and, the US Government Manual [3], a special publication of the Federal Register, provides official documentation of the government structure. The latter document may be subject to more timely updates than the former. Either document is suitable for determining which entities qualify for second-level domain registration within .GOV and FED.US.

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Network Working Group Federal Networking Council

Request For Comments: 2146 May 1997

Category: Informational

Obsoletes: 1816

U.S. Government Internet Domain Names

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo provides an update and clarification to RFC 1816. This

document describes the registration policies for the top-level domain

".GOV". The purpose of the domain is to provide naming conventions

that identify US Federal government agencies in order to facilitate

access to their electronic resources. This memo provides guidance

for registrations by Federal Agencies that avoids name duplication

and facilitates responsiveness to the public. It restricts

registrations to coincide with the approved structure of the US

government and the advice of its Chief Information Officers. Two

documents are recognized as constituting documentation on the US

government structure: FIPS 95-1 provides a standard recognized

structure into which domain registrations for .GOV and FED.US can

fit; and, the US Government Manual [3], a special publication of the

Federal Register, provides official documentation of the government

structure. The latter document may be subject to more timely updates

than the former. Either document is suitable for determining which

entities qualify for second-level domain registration within .GOV and

FED.US.

As a side effect, this RFC reduces the number of .GOV and FED.US

level registrations and reduces the workload on the registration

authority. Previous versions of this document did not address the

FED.US domain. This document anticipates the migration of the .GOV

domain into the FED.US domain, in keeping with common practice on the

Internet today.

U.S. GOVERNMENT INTERNET DOMAIN NAMES POLICY

The .GOV domain is delegated from the root authority to the US

Federal Networking Council. The .GOV domain is for registration of

US governmental entities on the federal level only. Registrations

for state and local governmental agencies shall be made under the .US

domain in accordance with the policies for that domain. Further

references in this document to .GOV should be understood to apply to

FED.US as well. The most succinct form of the policy is "one agency,

one name". The agency may choose its own name, but an easily

recognized acronym is suggested. The following paragraphs enumerate

the types of...