Section 508 expert Nakata leaving Justice

One of the federal government's experts on disability law and the application of Section 508 standards has joined the private sector.

Ken Nakata, a Justice Department attorney, will join BayFirst Solutions LLC of Washington as director of disability initiatives and government compliance.

In his new position, Nakata will help clients, including federal agencies, integrate accessibility standards into strategic plans and technology, train and streamline Section 508 procurement processes to meet federal guidelines, and develop and assess compliance strategies. He will also help with accessibility complaint resolution in companies and the governmental departments.

BayFirst, an 8(a) management and technology consulting firm, recently won a task order from the General Services Administration to provide Section 508 policy development support and training to acquisition personnel and industry representatives.

At Justice, Nakata spearheaded the first governmentwide survey of how agencies have complied with accessibility standards. After nearly three years, Justice last month finally released the results of the first survey.

Nakata worked for more than 12 years at Justice, where he served as a senior trial attorney investigating and litigating cases involving the Americans with Disabilities Act while also developing policy for ADA compliance.

'Ken provides a great mix of professional experience, leadership and advanced understanding of disability legislation and accessibility,' said Robert Rice, BayFirst president and managing partner. 'He has proven his keen ability to balance the needs of government, private industry and persons with disabilities throughout his distinguished career.'

Nakata received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

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