GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Evaluation based on Accessibility

A solicitation best practice is to include accessibility in your evaluation factors, not just in the detailed technical requirements. GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy, Information Resources Management Division, Section 508 Program Office assesses samples of Federal EIT solicitations to see if they contain the required Section 508 technical standards, GSA then sends feedback to the department/agency and the procurement officials. Following is an example:

Earlier an agency stated, "Responses to this solicitation will only be considered for award after it has been determined that the proposal adequately addresses the requirements for Section 508. Only proposals which contain adequate information to document their responsiveness to the Section 508 requirements (i.e. a completed VPAT-attached on page 30 or equivalent) will be eligible for any additional merit consideration."

The BuyAccessible Wizard and Quick Links also include solicitation language you can use for your evaluation factors and acceptance criteria, as in the following example:

We found an example of another agency that used language directly from those tools and copied the Acceptance Guide for their deliverable from the BuyAccessible Wizard. They said, "This guide is for use of government buyers and helps them to evaluate acquisition deliverables against applicable provisions as determined by the Wizard, based on generally accepted inspection and/or test methods."