GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

What do Federal Government Executives need to know about Section 508?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:33 -- BuyAccessible Team
  1. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a Federal procurement law that requires any EIT products or services that are "developed, procured, maintained, or used" by the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities. It is more than just a procurement law.
  2. With strong support from the agency executive level, your agency can make sure that Section 508 compliance becomes part of your good business practices. What kind of support do you need?
    • A Section 508 policy that is strong and visible throughout your agency.
    • Staying vigilant, auditing compliance at all procurement levels and providing feedback on the results.
    • Providing support, education, and awareness to employees on Section 508 requirements.
  3. What can happen if you don't comply with Section 508?
    • Administrative complaints can be filed by Federal employees with disabilities.
    • Lawsuits from members of the public, vendors or advocacy groups over procurement decisions and accessibility of your information on your websites. - You may not have faced administrative complaints or lawsuits, but other agencies have spent a lot of time and money remediating less than accessible EIT products and settling claims.

The OMB has issued a Section 508 Strategic Plan that outlines an agencies responsibilities with regard to Section 508 requirement. This plan can also be found at www.section508.gov