GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

We need to ask for more VPATs

The biggest problem with buying accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Federal government isn't bad VPATs (or other 508 conformance documentation); it is the fact that we don't even ask most of the time! As part of GSA's sampling of FedBizOpps solicitations, we check to see if agencies request a VPAT from vendors when they are trying to procure ICT. In our sampling, we found that only 6% of the time do agencies ask for a VPAT. The fix? Use BuyAccessible tools and get the right language for your solicitation, and you can require your offerors to fill out and submit the Government Product/Services Accessibility Template (GPAT). To learn more about the difference between a VPAT and GPAT read these other posts.