GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Examples of Good Practices from Real Solicitations!

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 13:10 -- BuyAccessible Team

A recent review of solicitations posted on FedBizOpps (FBO) offered several examples of good practices found to be beneficial to vendors in reviewing and responding to solicitations.

In the description of one solicitation, the following statement was provided: "This requirement does not meet the definition of E&IT, therefore Section 508 accessibility standards found at 36 CFR 1194 are not applicable to the solicitation." It is the responsibility of the agency to indicate Section 508 applicability this is accomplished. Indicating Section 508 applicability in this case might be restated with more clarity in the following way: "The deliverables associated with this procurement do not meet the definition of E&IT and therefore Section 508 considerations are not applicable."

Another recently reviewed solicitation provided the following statement: "Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended, does not apply to this acquisition because the items are located in an area only accessed infrequently by maintenance personnel." In one sentence the contracting office: 1) claimed an exception, and 2) provided an explanation for the exception determination. This single sentence clearly indicated the intent of the acquisition office and provided unambiguous direction to possible offerors. Another way to state this would be: "The deliverables associated with this procurement are E&IT and therefore subject to Section 508; however because the items being procured are located in an area only accessed infrequently by maintenance personnel, an exception is being claimed. Therefore Section 508 considerations are not applicable for this solicitation and associated deliverables."