In today’s competitive job market, it’s important to recruit from a large and strong candidate pool. The GSA Government-wide IT Accessibility Program would like to call to your attention the work of the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). PEAT helps employers find and recruit the best talent by using accessible e-Recruiting. PEAT, a part of the United States Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, promotes the employment, retention and career advancement of people with disabilities.
Roles and Responsibilities
Do you have a question or concern about how Section 508 is being implemented in your agency? The first thing to do is to contact your agency’s Section 508 Coordinator. A complete listing of Section 508 IT Coordinators is available at www.section508.gov.
The CIO Council Accessibility Community of Practice has updated the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on Agency Section 508 reporting to OMB. [docx] OMB Section 508 reporting is required for all CFO Act agencies and recommended for all federal agencies. The next reports are due August 30, 2015. Learn more about agency responsibility for Section 508 monitoring and reporting.
What does your agency need to do to improve compliance with Section 508? We have a one-page document that summarizes what is needed. The 10 steps are:
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is a Federal procurement law that requires any EIT products or services that are "developed, procured, maintained, or used" by the Federal Government be accessible to persons with disabilities. It is more than just a procurement law.
- With strong support from the agency executive level, your agency can make sure that Section 508 compliance becomes part of your good business practices. What kind of support do you need?