The Product Governance Team (PGT) reviews and approves all publications, exhibits, logos, infographics and templates from Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) staff, laboratories, and contractors.

For the review and approval process for EERE's websites, see Web Project Process and Approvals.

Before You Start Your Project

Before you contact the PGT, decide your project's scope and goals. Answer some key questions:

  • Should EERE or a partnering organization develop this communications product?
  • Under what brand should this be produced: EERE, an approved sub brand, or a lab? If a new brand is required, first consider whether the existing identifiers, logos, and templates meet your needs. If not, get approval for the new brand before you develop your product.
  • Who is the audience? What is the most effective way to reach that audience? For example, is a fact sheet appropriate to share a success story with industry? Are other communication methods more fitting, such as a digital newsletter, presentation, web page, or web card?

Which Products Does the PGT Review?

Plan for a final approval with the PGT lead. If the product warrants discussion, then the PGT lead will schedule a meeting. (We no longer require a Phase I and Phase II process; only one approval step is needed.)

The PGT lead will readily approve the following:

  • Regularly published products such as annual reports and recurring fact sheets with minor updates, merit reviews, and newsletters.
  • Technical reports that:
    • do not cover a topic that is highly visible with stakeholders
    • are not politically sensitive
    • are not high impact.

These products below require a more thorough review:

  • New templates
  • Outreach publications including fact sheets, brochures, booklets, e-books, and products that use non-standard branding, custom design, or introduce a new series
  • Exhibits
  • Technical reports with EERE branding that cover a topic that is highly visible with stakeholders, is politically sensitive, or has high impact
  • Products paid for by EERE to support EERE offices, activities, and partnerships that have partner logos or branding
  • Infographics

The following products do not need approval:

  • Powerpoint presentations.
  • Logos that have previously been approved. (Visit EERE's Logos page to see which are already approved. If the logo is not on that site, it is not approved for use.)
  • Newsletters using standard GovDelivery templates. (If the branding varies, it should go to the Web Governance Team for a review.) 

Product Design Tips

Approval Instructions

  1. Send your product to the EERE Comms mailbox and provide any necessary background information and your deadline.
  2. The PGT team will review and provide approval within 48 hours or let you know if a meeting is needed to discuss your product. 
  3. During the meeting, be prepared to define your product's audience, purpose, and format.

If you have questions about the criteria, send an email to the EERE Comms mailbox.

Publishing Your Product

As a government agency, EERE is required to use a Government Printing Office (GPO)-approved printing office. Typically this means using either DOE Headquarters Print Services or a printing office at a national laboratory. Follow the guidance on the following pages:

If you have any questions about obtaining publication numbers or preparing files for printers at DOE headquarters, contact Ken Sobczak.