GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Is a VPAT Voluntary?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:04 -- BuyAccessible Team

There is a misconception that Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT) are a problem because they are always voluntary. It is true that a company can decide to voluntarily create a VPAT and post it on their website. BUT, if a government agency requires a VPAT as part of their solicitation, then it is no longer voluntary. It becomes a requirement. The only voluntary part is whether or not the company wants to compete for that contract. If a government agency is procuring Information and Communication Technology (ICT), then it is their responsibility to require accessibility information be provided by the bidder.