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Acceptable Use Policy



This is a U.S. Government, Department of Energy (DOE) system and it is for the use of authorized users only. The system is to be used for official Government business pertaining to the inquiring, applying, and managing of proposals and awards. Unauthorized access or use of this system may subject violators to criminal, civil, and/or administrative action. It is protected by various provisions of Title 18, U.S. Code. Violations of Title 18 are subject to criminal prosecution in Federal court.


The system contains personal information protected under the provisions of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552(a), as amended. Violations of 5 U.S.C. § 552(a) may subject the offender to criminal penalties.

In the event it is suspected that you have not complied with these Rules of Behavior, your account will be frozen, you will be denied any access to the site, and criminal, civil, and/or administrative action may also be taken.

The Privacy Act generally prohibits government agencies from revealing personal information by any means of communication to any person without the prior written consent of the individual about whom the information pertains. DOE will maintain the confidentiality of the information, and will not further disseminate it except as needed for proposal and award administration or as authorized by 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(b).

Section 641 of the Department of Energy Organization Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 7251, authorizes the DOE to collect, use, and retain information that is mandatory for the financial awards process. All information comes from proposals, reviews, and reports that are submitted to the DOE by authorized external users (i.e., scientists and research administrators). Grant applications, contract proposals, technical reviews by peer reviewer, records of grant and contract awards, financial data, and any other pertinent information needed for the tracking or approval of a grant or contract is maintained to track and monitor the receipt, review, and disposition of grant applications and contract proposals from universities, non-profit organizations, large and small businesses, other Federal agencies, State and local governments, individuals, and DOE national laboratories seeking Federal financial support for research projects, training, and related activities. The system also tracks and monitors funding authorizations and associated financial data. A record from this system may be disclosed as a routine use to expert peer reviewers selected by the DOE Office of Science for their expertise in specific research areas to evaluate the proposal in accordance with established evaluation criteria. A record also may be disclosed as a routine use to a Principal Investigator, Sponsored Programs Office, Business Office, or similar element, via electronic media for the purpose of checking the status of its proposals that have been submitted to DOE for support.

This system is an interactive, web-based application that enforces edits and business rules that check for data completeness; therefore, individuals generally don’t get a choice to opt out of providing information necessary to the financial awards process. Failure to provide required documents such as preproposals, interagency proposals, DOE national laboratory proposals, reports, or minimal required registration information (e.g., name, contact information) can negatively affect eligibility for awards.

Reports about people, institutions, awards, and proposals can be produced for internal DOE use, e.g., evaluating and selecting applicants, determining funding for projects, and tracking awards and proposals. Only DOE employees and contractors who have a need to know based on their job responsibilities have access to these reports. Persons who are provided information in PAMS are subject to the same statutory criteria applicable to DOE employees under the Privacy Act.

  1. I consent to having my activities on the system monitored and understand that if such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, system personnel may provide the evidence obtained by such monitoring to law enforcement officials.
  2. I will not make unauthorized attempts to view or change information, or otherwise cause damage to the system and system data. Unauthorized attempts to upload information, change or access information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986.
  3. Information I provide in the course of using this system, and activities I perform in this system, shall not be false, inaccurate or misleading; violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, contain any viruses or any malicious code that may damage, detrimentally interfere with, surreptitiously intercept, or expropriate any system, data, or personal information.
  4. I agree to protect my access codes from disclosure.
  5. I agree to report security incidents and vulnerabilities to the DOE.
  6. I will comply with the provisions of copyrighted software by not infringing upon or compromising (copy, distribute, manipulate, etc.) software of this system.
  7. I agree to use the PAMS system in accordance with the DOE’s policies and procedures.
  8. I understand that all conditions and obligations imposed upon me by these rules apply during the time I am granted access to this system regardless of location.
  9. I understand that the DOE reserves the right to terminate or suspend my access and use of PAMS, without notice, if there is a violation or suspected violation of these Rules of Behavior.

By submitting this page, I am consenting to the above stipulations.

I acknowledge and understand my responsibilities and agree to comply with the rules of behavior for PAMS.

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