GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Acquisition Process

Section 508 Transition Activities Update

Here are some updates on the Section 508 Transition Activities underway to centralize guidance, avoid duplication, and streamline the transition to the revised standards. The Access Board, the ACoP, GSA’s Government-wide Section 508 Team, and many of you who are working to help make this transition happen as smoothly as possible.

The Policy and LifeCycle Subgroup is preparing guidance to help agencies update their Section 508/Accessibility policy to reflect the new regulations. Topics include:

  • 508 exceptions;

Updated Guidance Documents

GSA’s Section 508 Guidance Documents have been updated to reflect the newly combined website. If you have an older version saved, please download a new copy, so you will have correct links to the new

In the future you will continue to see references to the guidance documents on some pages on this site and be able to directly find them from the home page under “I would like to… Review Section 508 Guidance.”

Quick Links can help with end of the year solicitations

This time of year, many government acquisitions professionals are rushing to do procurements. Did you know about the Quick Links that provide quick and easy pre-packaged Section 508 solicitation documentation for a number of standard EIT deliverables? These links identify typical applicable Section 508 provisions to help agencies in generating Government Product/Service Accessibility Templates (GPATs) and vendors responding with Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs).

Interconnected Systems – How Does Section 508 Apply?

A recent question gives us some general guidance when asking a key question: “Is this ICT subject to Section 508?” Though this particular question was posed for a specific product, the guidance applies generally to any component that is part of an interconnected system but doesn't itself directly present a user interface.

We all know about those cameras typically used for surveillance monitoring. They seem to be everywhere, recording everything – especially at federal government facilities! So are they subject to Section 508 requirements?

Examples from ICT Maintenance Solicitations

A recent review of solicitations posted on FedBizOpps (FBO) offered several examples of good and not so good practices documenting solicitations for maintenance of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) products. Section 508 requirements for ICT maintenance are often simply absent, but when they are included there is a range in quality of the solicitation language used. Here are three examples of not so good, better, and best solicitation language for maintenance of ICT.

What can the IT Solutions Navigator do for you?

Do you need help with your market research for IT products and services? You can use the free IT Solutions Navigator tool from GSA.

Q: What is the IT Solutions Navigator tool?
A: The IT Solutions Navigator tool is a decision support system aimed to assist customers in evaluating GSA’s Integrated Technology Services (ITS) solution categories and identifying an appropriate acquisition vehicle to meet their business needs.

What if the VPAT states that the product is not 100% Section 508 conformant?

Recently we received this question,
"We are interested in a buying a product and that product has a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT).
The VPAT shows that it is not 100% compliant. Can we craft the GPAT
for that product to mandate 508 even though it has a VPAT or do we look elsewhere for another product"

Our answer is:

What if I am buying from a reseller?

If you are buying an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) product from the a reseller or distributor, most of the time they will tell you that they have no Section 508 information on the accessibility of that product and probably will not even know what Section 508 is. Remember, resellers are not responsible for Section 508 conformance of the products they sell. So, how do you get Section 508 conformance information to help you do your market research and make an informed decision? You will need to contact the equipment manufacturer directly for Section 508 information.


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