GSA signs agreement with Facebook

The General Services Administration has signed an agreement with Facebook that clears the way for federal agencies to use the social-networking Web site, a GSA official told Federal Computer Week today.

The official declined to provide details about the agreement but said it takes effect immediately.

Earlier negotiations with sites such as Flickr and YouTube resulted in special terms-of-service agreements for federal agencies. The agreements resolve the government’s issues with standard terms and conditions governing liability limits, endorsements, freedom of information and legal jurisdiction (read FCW's story here).

GSA has negotiated the agreements on behalf of all agencies because providers were reluctant to expend resources developing separate agreements with dozens or hundreds of agencies, GSA officials said. Agencies are already free to use Twitter because GSA found its standard terms of service compatible with federal use.

In February, Facebook announced that users can play a major role in developing the policies that govern the service. The site now lets users review, comment and vote on policy documents.

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Reader comments

Mon, Apr 20, 2009

Do we know when the GSA Agreement will be made public?

Thu, Apr 16, 2009

I saw an ad for VA Careers on FB last night and thought it was weird.

Wed, Apr 15, 2009

One way "the feds" could use facebook is to create groups and moderate thorse groups for information about applying for careers; grants; and accessing and understanding public information like census reports, patent data, etc. Currently, these Government sources are like a blank wall that you read... but if you commuicate to them, you get generic response in return.

Tue, Apr 14, 2009 Allen HHS

Does anyone know the timeframe on when GSA will sign an agreement with Ning? As far as I know an agreement hasn't been reached yet with them.

Tue, Apr 14, 2009 Editor

Editor's note: GSA has not made the agreement public.

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