The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is committed to ensuring the security of the American public by protecting its information from unauthorized disclosure. This policy provides guidelines on how security researchers should conduct vulnerability discoveries and how they should submit discovered vulnerabilities to BLS.
The vulnerability disclosure policy describes:
We want security researchers to feel comfortable reporting vulnerabilities they have discovered—as set out in this policy—so that we can fix them and keep our users safe. We have developed this policy to reflect our values and uphold our sense of responsibility to security researchers who share their expertise with us in good faith.
Under the vulnerability disclosure policy, “research” means activities in which you:
If you make a good-faith effort to comply with this policy during your security research, BLS will consider your research to be authorized. We will work with you to understand and resolve the issue quickly, and BLS will not recommend or pursue legal action related to your research. Should legal action be initiated by a third party against you for activities that were conducted in accordance with this policy, we will make this authorization known.
This policy applies to the following systems and services:
Any service not expressly listed above, such as any connected services, are excluded from scope and are not authorized for testing. Additionally, vulnerabilities found in nonfederal systems from our vendors fall outside of this policy’s scope and should be reported directly to the vendor according to their disclosure policy (if any). If you are not sure whether a system or endpoint is in scope, contact us at email@example.com before starting your research.
Although we develop and maintain other internet-accessible systems or services, we ask that active research and testing only be conducted on the systems and services covered by the scope of this document. If there is a particular system not in scope that you think merits testing, please contact us to discuss it first. We will increase the scope of this policy over time.
The following test methods are not authorized:
Information submitted under this policy will be used for defensive purposes only—to mitigate or remediate vulnerabilities. If your findings include newly discovered vulnerabilities that affect all users of a product or service and not solely BLS, we may share your report with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, where it will be handled under their coordinated vulnerability disclosure process. We will not share your name or contact information without expressed permission.
We accept vulnerability reports at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reports may be submitted anonymously.
If you share contact information, we will acknowledge receipt of your report within 5 business days.
For particularly sensitive information, please contact us at email@example.com for further submission instructions.
Please keep your vulnerability reports current by sending us any new information as it becomes available. We may share your vulnerability reports with the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) at the Department of Homeland Security and any affected vendors or open source projects.
In order to help us triage and prioritize submissions, we recommend that your reports:
When you choose to share your contact information with us, we commit to coordinating with you as openly and as quickly as possible. You can expect us to do the following activities:
Questions regarding this policy may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite you to contact us with suggestions for improving this policy.
Last Modified Date: February 26, 2021