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AGENCY POLICIES

Physical Location Accessibility
Website Accessibility
Cookies
E-Mail
Linking to TBPE Pages
Linking to Sites Other Than Our Own
Security
Social Media Policy
User Profiles
Online Payments
Webmaster Contact Information

To follow are the official policies of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers' website. The mission of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (Board) is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the people in Texas by ensuring that the practice of engineering in the state is carried out only by those persons who are proven to be qualified and by regulating the practice of Professional Engineering in Texas. The agency website is used as a continuation and means of communicating this critical mission.


Physical Location Accessibility

Two handicap access parking spots are available in the rear of the TBPE facility. One spot is van accessible. In addition, a wheel chair ramp is available. Signs will direct the user to the parking area.


Website Accessibility
The Texas Board of Professional Engineers is committed to making its Web sites accessible to all users and we have included several features designed to improve accessibility for users with disabilities. Some of these features are described below.

Images on the site contain 'alt tags' with descriptions of the image, which aid users who listen to the content of the site by using a screen reader, rather than reading the site.
Major reports, forms and other special publications are made available on the agency's Web site. In most cases that are several versions of the same document to choose from.
To improve the accessibility of our Web site we test any major redesign with several screen readers and other Web tools. The results of these reviews have been incorporated into the website. We welcome comments on how to improve the site's accessibility for users with disabilities.

If you use assistive technology and the format of any material on our Web sites interfere with your ability to access the information, please use the following point of contact for assistance. To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address of the requested material, and your contact information.

This web site has been engineered using the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. This web site meets the definition of generally accessible Internet site as defined in Texas Administrative Code Section 206 - State Web Sites. Additional information about accessibility programs in Texas is available from the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities.


Cookies
What are cookies? A cookie is a small piece of information that is sent to your browser when you access a website. The use of cookies is an industry standard and they are found at most major websites. There are two kinds of cookies. A session cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your computer's RAM. It is never written to a computer's drive and it is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A persistent cookie is a more permanent line of text that gets saved by your browser to a file on your hard drive. Depending on your browser settings, you may receive notification that a site is requesting cookie information, possibly with an expiration date. Persistent cookies have a future expiration date. Session cookies have no date associated with them. TBPE uses cookies to facilitate your use of our site, we do not collect personal information about you and the cookie will be destroyed as soon as you exit your browser. There is no information stored on your computer and no unauthorized files are written onto your disk drives. The kind of cookies we use are called "session cookies." They help you use our website interactively and are destroyed as soon as you close your browser. These "session cookies" do not collect information about you, but only about your browser "session." The cookie makes it easier for you to use the dynamic features of these web pages, without having to provide the same information as you move from one page to another. To protect your privacy, be sure to close your browser completely after you have finished conducting business with any website that uses cookies. If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies.


E-mail
If you send an electronic mail message with a question or comment that contains personally identifying information, we will only use the personally identifiable information to respond to your request.  We may redirect your message to another government agency or person who is in a better position to answer your question. In accordance with the provisions of Government Code §441, we consider e-mail messages to be official state records. E-mail messages are managed for their content in accordance with the agency's authorized records retention schedule. However, E-mail addresses are considered confidential and are strictly used for agency correspondence and are not releasable to the public via an open records request nor are they releasable for marketing purposes.


Linking to TBPE Pages
The following link to the Texas Administrative Code outlines the state policies for linking to, the use of, or copying information from state agency Web sites. TAC §206.54


Linking to Sites Other Than Our Own
Our Web site contains links to Web sites other than our own. Even though we attempt to ensure the accuracy and usefulness of our own Web site, we make no claims about the accuracy of materials and Web sites other than our own. Links to other websites are provided for informational purposes only. The direct link access to these sites does not imply endorsement or approval of the information, products or services offered at those sites. TBPE does not officially review any information or products available on the linked sites.

The Board reserves the right to deny links to other sites if it determines that a web site contains misleading or unsubstantiated claims, conflicts with the mission of the Board or does not meet one or more of the criteria set forth above or in the sections set out below. Every link request must undergo this review to determine its relevance and appropriateness to the Board.

Links are approved for the Board website based on the criteria that the external web site corresponds with the purpose of the Board and the site content is not primarily a:


Security Policy
One of our highest priorities is to ensure your privacy and peace of mind by employing some of the most advanced online security measures in the industry. When using the online payment application ECHO (Engineer's Cash Handling Online), you will be able to use a self-selected Login Name/Password system that serves as your first line of security. Then every step of the way, we will provide you with state-of-the-art encryption of all data transmitted between your computer and our secure site. Most browsers today utilize an encryption method called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). SSL is software-based security protocol that encodes data before it is transmitted over the Internet. Many browsers today offer both 40-bit and 128-bit versions of SSL. Our website utilizes 128-bit encryption. 128-bit encryption provides a much higher level of security, as it is more than 300 x 1024 more secure than 40-bit encryption. Major commercial browsers including, Microsoft® Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, AOL® 7.0 or higher or NetscapeTM Navigator 4.75 or higher support the required higher level (128-bit SSL) of encryption to ensure the privacy of your information. An icon, such as a lock or key, will be displayed in the corner of your browser's window to let you know that your browser's encryption is active.


Social Media Policy

Linking

TBPE may make available content to third party sites. These sites are not official TBPE web sites and therefore, the external sites’ policies apply. Please refer to the TBPE Linking Policies above for more information.

Privacy
Only public information will be posted on social media websites. If communication involves or requires private information, communication will be redirected through other appropriate channels. This information may be subject to public information requests. For more information about public information requests, please refer to the TBPE Public Information Policies Page.

No personally identifiable information will be posted on TBPE social media sites by TBPE personnel. TBPE is not responsible for content posted by others to TBPE social media sites. Individuals that enter personal information on social media sites do so at their own risk; TBPE is not responsible for the public display of such private information. TBPE may remove postings to its social media sites that contain personally identifiable information, but neither TBPE, nor its licensors or contractors are responsible for any damages caused by delays in such removal.

Public Information and Record Retention
Social media sites may contain communications sent to or received by state employees, and such communications are therefore public records subject to State Records Retention requirements. These retention requirements apply regardless of the form of the record (digital text, photos, audio, or video, for example). To the extent that the third party records retention policies are inconsistent with the Texas State Record Retention Schedule, TBPE will put forth reasonable efforts to archive copies of social media content in order to meet State records retention obligations.

Terms of Service
TBPE social media sites are third party sites and have terms of service and policies that are not governed by TBPE or the State of Texas. These third party sites are not official TBPE web sites and the third party’s website terms of service and policies apply. The terms of service for the social media sites used by TBPE are: Twitter and Facebook.

Content of Social Media Posts
All published TBPE social media content is subject to monitoring. This content may take the form of digital text or photography images.

User-generated posts will be rejected or removed if possible when the content of a post:

Accessibility:
Please view the following alternative pages for accessibility assistance.

Twitter - To accommodate TBPE users with disabilities, www.accessibletwitter.com is the suggested alternative access to the TBPE Twitter profile.
Facebook - To accommodate TBPE users with disabilities, there are two suggested alternatives to access the TBPE Facebook Fan page:

  1. The Facebook mobile site http://m.facebook.com is a suggested accessible alternative to the original TBPE Facebook page.
  2. TBPE will post the same content to Twitter and Facebook. Therefore, http://www.accessibletwitter.com will serve as an accessible alternative.

User Profile Information
On some of our web pages we offer interactive forms that let you view or change contact information (such as phone number or address). This information is considered Open Record under Texas Government Code, Chapter 552 and is releasable to the public or businesses offering services to the public such as marketing establishments. You can ensure the security of your information by following these steps:
· Never reveal your Login Name and Password to anyone.
· Change your password frequently using the Change Password function.
· Always log off before leaving your computer.
· Always log off of this site before accessing other Web sites.


Online Payments
TBPE coordinates online payments for PE License Renewals, Firm Registration Renewals and PE Applications through our online system ECHO (Engineer's Cash Handling Online). TBPE contracts with the state mandated payment processor NIC for this service. Thus, TBPE does not collect or store sensitive credit card information.


Webmaster Contact Information
If you have any questions about our Web policies and disclaimer statement, the practices of our site, or your dealings with our Web site, please contact:

Texas Board of Professional Engineers
1917 S Interstate 35
Austin, Texas 78741
(512) 440-7723 / Fax: (512) 442-1414

E-mail: info@engineers.texas.gov

 

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