GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

How Compliant is Your Solicitation?

Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:23 -- BuyAccessible Team

Are you looking for assistance in ensuring your solicitation is compliant with Section 508? We can help.

The General Services Administration (GSA), as part of their statutory requirement to provide technical support for Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, assesses the extent to which agency solicitations properly consider Section 508 standards by sampling postings on FedBizOpps. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) - Acquisition of Information Technology Subpart 39.2 states that Section 508 must be addressed in any solicitation to procure Electronic and Information Technology (EIT). For more information, refer to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo entitled "Ensuring the Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technologies Procured by Federal Agencies".

The assessment process involves sampling of FedBizOps solicitations, determining if the sampled solicitations qualify as EIT, and analyzing those that do qualify as to their degree of compliance, categorized by a simple red/yellow/green (R/Y/G) criterion. Our team reviews over 400 solicitations each month, reviewing each solicitation for evidence of Section 508 compliance. The output is a tailored feedback letter to the procuring agency that details the assessment and recommends improvements based on good practice for incorporation into their solicitation.

It is not the intention of GSA to require cancellation or modification of solicitations, as this decision remains the responsibility of the agency. The purpose of the GSA assessment is to raise the overall level of Section 508 compliance by the federal government. GSA provides tools and resources at no cost to help departments/agencies comply with the requirements of Section 508. The BuyAccessible Wizard and Quicklinks, web-based tools, guide users through a process of gathering Section 508/market research data for ICT purchases and provides documentation for due diligence. For additional information and assistance, refer to www.Section508.gov or contact us below.