Acquisition councils seek input on applying 508

Acquisition councils seek input on applying 508

The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulatory Council are asking agencies and vendors for comments on how to be more consistent in implementing the accessibility features mandated by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998.

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

When Section 508 took effect a year ago, the councils amended the Federal Acquisition Regulation to incorporate usability standards developed by the Access Board. They did not, however, require vendors to certify that their products meet the standards. Some officials suggest that a clause in the FAR that better details the requirements of 508 would supply more specific guidance.

The councils have asked agencies and vendors to comment on:
  • The need for more guidance and the advantages and disadvantages of an acquisition clause

  • Whether the guidance should be a FAR rule, a solicitation provision or a nonregulatory instruction

  • The content of the guidance.

  • To see a copy of the notice, visit

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