GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Monitoring and Reporting

The OMB Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act explicitly discusses strengthening accountability for Section 508 compliance focused on program monitoring and reporting.

OMB Reporting

The Strategic Plan requires periodic reporting to OMB on the maturity and effectiveness of agency Section 508 programs. OMB Section 508 reports are required for all CFO Act Agencies and recommended for all Federal agencies. Reports are due at the ends of February and August each year.
 
The CIO Council’s Accessibility Community of Practice and the General Services Administration use the information in the biannual reports for interagency analysis, trending, and planning to improve collaboration across agencies, reduce redundancies, and develop solutions and recommendations for improving Section 508 management across the Federal government.
 
Requirements for Submission (updated December 2016)
Reporting Template (updated December 2016)
 
Guidelines
The following guidelines were developed based on agency feedback and proven best practices, includes additional descriptions, examples and guidance for completing the template. The guidelines include decision trees to assist with determining program maturity, and a suggested approach for rolling up program maturity data from multiple components or agencies into a single departmental submission.
 
Additional Resources
 
The CIO Council’s Accessibility Community of Practice also developed a playbook to help agencies improve their agency’s 508 program maturity. This playbook, titled the Technology Accessibility Playbook, can be found in the Best Practices’ Library on www.section508.gov
 

Procurement Monitoring

GSA conducts an ongoing solicitation assessment program to gain insight into how well Section 508 accessibility requirements are correctly considered in government ICT procurements and to provide agencies with information about what can be done to improve this performance. ICT Solicitations are randomly sampled from FedBizOpps (FBO) listings and compliance with Section 508 is determined using simple FAR-based criterion.

DOJ Survey

Section 508 directs the Attorney General to prepare and submit a biennial report to the President and Congress on the state of Federal departments/agencies' compliance with the Section 508 standards. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is tasked to conduct this survey of Federal departments/agencies and to prepare this report for the Attorney General. Learn more about this Mandatory DoJ Survey.
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