FAR Councils want Sec. 508 certification

When the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council published the final rule last year implementing Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
Amendments of 1998, the regulation did not require vendors to certify that their products meet the standards in the rule.

Now some federal agencies are suggesting that the Federal Acquisition Regulation should be clearer in spelling out what kinds of IT meet Section 508's mandate for accessibility.

The councils are asking agencies and vendors for comments on how to be more consistent in implementing Section 508.

The councils late last month published in the Federal Register an advance notice of their proposed rule-making. Comments are due by Aug. 26.

A copy of the notice is posted at frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-15976-filed.

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