Maine State Government
Dept. of Administrative & Financial
Office of Information Technology
Website Acceptance Policy
The Office of eGovernment (eGov) Services will assure that
new web content will conform to State Web Standards and Accessibility Policy.
The purpose of this policy is to document and clarify
responsibilities and processes regarding the conformance of agency websites
that are the target of significant content augmentation and modification.
This policy applies to all websites, regardless of where the
websites are hosted, of Executive Branch and semi-autonomous State agencies. This policy also applies to those websites
owned by other governmental branches that are hosted on computer devices operated
by the Office of Information Technology.
Chief Information Officer of the State of Maine - Title
5, Maine Revised Statutes, Chapter 163 §1973,
Section 1, Paragraph B authorized the Chief Information Officer to “set policies and standards for the
implementation and use of information and telecommunications technologies,
including privacy and security standards and standards of the Federal Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA), for information technology.”
Under the direction of the CIO, the eGov Services Office
Develop procedures and processes including:
Establishing the criteria to be used in validating web content
Developing the processes by which those criteria will be
applied in the review of web content in a manner that serves the dual purposes:
Improving policy conformance of State web content and
Educating agency staff engaged in web activities as the
processes are undertaken.
Create the Website Review Committee, composed of web coordinators,
for the purpose of validating web content conforms with State policy.
InforME – (for content to be hosted in that
Develop a website test area, closely resembling the State’s
web environment, within which new content can be validated before publication
to the Internet.
Assign temporary test locations for requestors charged with
developing new websites or redesigning old ones. All requests must be
authorized by the agency’s Web Coordinator.
Work with the Website Review Committee, eGov Services and the
agency Web Coordinator in the web site review and remediation process.
Provide the Internet hosting location within the State’s
website for validated websites.
Delete the test environment once the validation process is
Agency Web Coordinator
As the agency’s representative, the Web Coordinator has
primary responsibility for achieving web and accessibility policy conformance.
Initiating the validation process for new websites and for
websites being redesigned.
Migrating validated content to the production location.
Obtaining an appropriate test location where new content can
Agency Information Technology Directors will
communicate the importance of web and accessibility policy conformance to
non-technical agency staff.
V. Guidelines &
The Office of eGovernment Services with input from the
Web Coordinators group, InforME, the Agency Information Technology Director and
the Information Technology Accessibility Committee will adopt and implement
standards, procedures, and best practices that will achieve the goals of this
Website – A set of interconnected web pages that are generally co-located in a
folder and are collectively administered in the interest of an agency.
State Agency – An agency created by an act of the Legislative Branch that is
not a part of the Executive Branch. This term does not include the Legislative
Branch, Judicial Branch, Office of the Attorney General, Office of the
Secretary of State, Office of the State Treasurer and Audit Department.
State Web Standards – http://www.maine.gov/oit/accessibility/policy/acc_webstandards.html
Accessibility Policy of the State of Maine – http://www.maine.gov/oit/accessibility/policy/webpolicy.htm
3. Department of Administrative and Financial Services
Information Services Security Policy 12/2002 in listing of IT policies, standards
and procedures adopted prior to April 2006 http://www.maine.gov/oit/policies/index.shtml
4. OIT Security Policy 2002 in listing of IT policies,
standards and procedures adopted prior to April 2006 http://www.maine.gov/oit/policies/index.shtml
Reference Number: 8
Date: December 18, 2006
Date: December 18, 2006
Date: December 18, 2008
of Contact: Paul Sandlin, eGovernment Services; Telephone: 624-9427
By: Richard Thompson, Chief Information
Title(s) or Agency Responsible for Enforcement: Office of Information
Technology/eGovernment Services; all Agency Information Technology Directors;
all agency Web Coordinators
Citation: Title 5, Maine Revised
Statutes, Chapter 163 §1973, Section
1, Paragraph B
Process: Waivers are requested by the agency Web Coordinator. Waivers are
submitted to the Director of eGovernment Services who will notify both the
agency Web Coordinator and the Agency Information Technology Director (AITD) of
the outcome of the request. Appeals to waiver denials should be directed to the
Director of eGovernment Services by the AITD. The Director of eGovernment
Services will review the appeal in consultation with the Chief Information
Officer of the State of Maine.