GPO to retrofit 30,000 archived Web pages

GPO to retrofit 30,000 archived Web pages

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

JUNE 15—The Government Printing Office has decided to retrofit 30,000 archived Web pages to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998, even though the office is exempt as a congressional unit.

A progress report released yesterday by the National Council on Disability took aim at GPO's exemption from requirements of Section 508 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The report said all arms of Congress should be ordered to comply.

The Office of Compliance had exempted GPO, the General Accounting Office and the Library of Congress. The compliance office enforces the 1995 Congressional Accountability Act, which extended certain employment and civil rights protections to legislative employees.

GPO's main Web site and the 18 sites it operates for various other agencies already comply with Section 508 requirements, said C. Michael Bright, a public affairs specialist.

'We caught the wind on this early,' Bright said. 'We are basically in compliance. When they checked, they found some typos and some tags that need to be fixed, but that's it. We've been working on it for about a year, and we feel pretty good about where we are.'

Now GPO officials have decided to wade through the 30,000 archived pages to figure out how to make them comply, Bright said. The work will be done in house, he said, but no plan has yet been devised for it.


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