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This Guidance Portal is provided pursuant to Executive Order 13891  and OMB Memorandum 20-02 .

Guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract. The Department may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that falls under the Executive Order and is not posted on this website, except to establish historical facts.

You are advised that the links provided herein include documents outside the scope of the Executive Order. The Department reserves the right to remove any such documents at any time from this Portal.

Removal from the Guidance Portal will not affect the availability of such documents elsewhere.

The Federal Register notice announcing this portal pursuant to Section 3 of the Executive Order was published on February 28, 2020. It is linked here. The Department of State’s final regulation required by Section 4 of the Executive Order (RIN 1400-AF01) will be linked to this page when published.

Public comments both on the site and the guidance included herein are welcome. Please submit comments to

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