GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

RFP: Competitive Solicitations for ICT

A Request for Proposal (RFP) is a solicitation to potential suppliers for procurement of required supplies or services. Section 508 requires that agencies consider ICT accessibility and reflect appropriate requirements in their solicitations. Appropriate Section 508 due diligence depends on how ICT deliverables are specified.

How will you specify expected ICT deliverables?

Functions and Performance

RFPs for ICT products specified by required functions, performance, or physical characteristics must include appropriate Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Brand Name - Exact Match

Section 508 requirements apply to Brand Name Only acquisitions, and ICT accessibility needs to be considered when justifying the Brand Name Only decision.

Brand Name or Equal

RFPs for ICT products specified by Brand Name or Equal must include a description of the physical and functional performance characteristics an “equal” item must meet. This should include appropriate Section 508 accessibility requirements.

Maintenance and Support

Section 508 requirements apply when maintaining as well as developing and procuring ICT. Section 508 accessibility requirements must be considered when acquiring ICT maintenance and support services.

Services Related to ICT

Services such as IT program support, architecture, and IT development generally provide deliverables that either affect Section 508 compliance or are themselves ICT subject to Section 508 requirements.