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Access and Permissions

Initial access

Personal access

Basic access to Federalist is authenticated using GitHub OAuth. Please ask your team’s primary contact for Federalist to request access to Federalist by e-mailing with the GitHub usernames of those that should have access. Next, you should receive an invitation to join the federalist-users GitHub organization which you must accept before you can log in to Federalist. Primary contacts should also let us know when to remove access as part of offboarding.

Note: If a user is inactive for 90 days, their account will be disabled and they will not be able to login to Federalist. In order to regain access to Federalist, their team’s primary contact for Federalist must re-submit a request for access to Federalist by e-mailing with the user’s GitHub username.

Organizational access

In order to manage sites where the repository is owned by an organization, Federalist uses GitHub oAuth at the organizational level. After you have logged in to Federalist, as described in the Personal Access section above, you must request organization approval for the oAuth App. Be sure to follow up with your organization’s GitHub admin to confirm approval.

Site permissions

To take any actions on a site in Federalist, you need permissions set on the corresponding GitHub repository. Write access grants most permissions.

Collaborator or write access

Collaborators with write access to a site’s repository can:


Administrators of a site’s repository can take all actions available to collaborator and can: