GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

We need to ask for more VPATs

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 11:59 -- BuyAccessible Team

The biggest problem with buying accessible Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Federal government isn't bad VPATs (or other 508 conformance documentation); it is the fact that we don't even ask most of the time! As part of GSA's sampling of FedBizOpps solicitations, we check to see if agencies request a VPAT from vendors when they are trying to procure ICT. In our sampling, we found that only 6% of the time do agencies ask for a VPAT. The fix? Use BuyAccessible tools and get the right language for your solicitation, and you can require your offerors to fill out and submit the Government Product/Services Accessibility Template (GPAT). To learn more about the difference between a VPAT and GPAT read these other posts.