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Thank you for visiting the Competency Model Clearinghouse Web site. We will collect no personal information about you when you visit our Web site other than information that you provide. We do automatically collect and store information on user activity on this Web site.

Information Collected and Stored Automatically


While you browse our Web site, read pages, or download information, we gather and store certain information about your visit. This information does not identify you personally. We automatically collect and store the following information about visits made to our Web site:

  • The IP address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Web) from which our Web site is accessed;
  • The type of browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time our site is accessed;
  • The pages visited; and
  • If the Competency Model Clearinghouse Web site is visited from another Web site, the address of that Web site.

We aggregate this information and use it to help us make our site more useful to visitors -- to learn about the number of visitors to our site, to determine those portions of our site which are of greatest interest to our users, and to learn about the types of technology our visitors use.

We monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or to otherwise cause damage to the site. Anyone using this Web site expressly consents to such monitoring.

Use of Cookies

The Competency Model Clearinghouse uses cookies to measure website activity. Cookies are small amounts of information stored on your computer by your web browser software. None of the information collected is personally identifiable. The CMC website use both single session temporary cookies and multi-session persistent cookies for the purpose of website measurement.

Single session cookies are temporarily stored on your computer and are deleted as soon as you close your web browser. Multi-session cookies are used for the purpose of web measurement, and to improve your online experience by remembering your online interactions and preferences across multiple sessions, and identify if you are a returning user. None of the information stored in either single session or multi-session cookies used by the CMC contain any personally identifiable information.

If you prefer not to have non-personally identifiable persistent multi-session cookies stored on your computer you can opt out: Click here to opt-out of usage tracking.

Or, you can remove or block the use of multi-session web measurement technologies by changing the settings of your browser as described at USA.gov's web measurement and customization opt-out web page.

Build Model and CL/L Tool

When creating an account to use the Build a Model and Career Ladder/Lattice tool, you must provide a user name, password, and valid e-mail address. This information is stored on secure servers and is not made available to any third parties. The Models or Career Ladders/Lattices in a user's account will not be shared with the public or other users.

Scheduled Expiration of Inactive User Accounts

If a user has not 'logged in' or accessed an account for more than a year, the account will expire or in other words be made inactive. Users will be notified via the e-mail address provided, one month before the scheduled expiration date to alert them that the account is scheduled to be made inactive. Upon receipt of the notification a user can choose to keep the account active by logging in to the account. If the user takes no action and the account is made inactive, the user can request that the account be re-activated by providing the User Name and E-mail Address.

E-mail Addresses

We collect E-mail addresses from users who subscribe to the Competency Model Clearinghouse mailing list and from users who choose to submit feedback. These e-mail addresses are not used for any purpose other than to send updates to subscribers and respond to feedback.

The e-mail address is used to contact a user who has forgotten a password. An e-mail alert is also sent to users notifying them when an updated version of an industry competency model is released.
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