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SECT508WG] Request for Comment on need for a Section 508 Contract Clause pub lished in Federal Register -- please circulate (67 FR 43 524

From: David Poehlman <poehlman1@comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2002 11:36:09 -0400
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Here is the item that was put in the register, in case  you have not yet
seen it.
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                    "Oleinick, Lew"          To:
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                    <Lew.Oleinick@ED.G       cc:     (bcc: Ed
Reniker/NON-GSA/MKC/CO/GSA/GOV)
                    OV>                      Subject:     [SECT508WG]
Request for Comment on need
                    Sent by: Sect508WG        for a Section 508 Contract
Clause pub lished in
                    <Sect508WG@LISTSER        Federal Register -- please
circulate (67 FR 43524)
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                    07/01/2002 11:48

                    AM

                    Please respond to

                    "Oleinick, Lew"











Hi all.

The RFC the working group reviewed in late May was published on 27 June
2002 in the Federal Register. I'm attaching an HTML copy. Please note
that the comment period closes on 26 August 2002. All electronic
comments
should be sent to farnotice.2001-033@gsa.gov

Thanks.

-- Lew

[Federal Register: June 27, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 124)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 43523-43524]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr27jn02-30]
[[Page 43523]]

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Part VI

Department of Defense
General Services Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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48 CFR Parts 39 and 52

Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2001-033, Section 508 Contract
Clause; Proposed Rule

[[Page 43524]]

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Parts 39 and 52


Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2001-033, Section 508
Contract Clause

AGENCIES: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense
Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) are considering whether
there is a need at this time for changes to the Federal Acquisition
Regulation or other acquisition guidance to promote more consistent and
effective implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 and, if so, what specific changes are needed. The Councils request
that interested parties provide comments.

DATES: Interested parties should submit comments in writing on or
before August 26, 2002 to be considered in the formulation of a
proposed rule.

ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to--General Services Administration,
FAR Secretariat (MVP), 1800 F Street, NW, Room 4035, ATTN: Laurie
Duarte, Washington, DC 20405.
Submit electronic comments via the Internet to--
farnotice.2001-033@gsa.gov
Please submit comments only and cite FAR Case 2001-033, Section 508
Contract Clause (Notice) in all correspondence related to this case.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The FAR Secretariat, Room 4035, GS
Building, Washington, DC, 20405, at (202) 501-4755 for information
pertaining to status or publication schedules. The TTY Federal Relay
Number for further information is 1-800-877-8973. For clarification of
content, contact Ms. Linda Nelson, Procurement Analyst, at (202) 501-
1900. Please cite FAR Case 2001-033, Section 508 Contract Clause
(Notice).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973 requires that when Federal departments or agencies develop,
procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology (EIT),
they must ensure that the EIT allows (1) Federal employees with
disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is
comparable to the access and use of information and data by other
Federal employees; and (2) members of the public with disabilities
seeking information from an agency to have access to and use of
information and data that is comparable to the access and use of
information and data by other members of the public who are not
individuals with disabilities. The Councils agreed to amend the Federal
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) under FAR Case 1999-607, Electronic and
Information Technology Accessibility, to implement Section 508 (see
Federal Register published at 66 FR 20894, April 25, 2001). The final
rule became effective on June 25, 2001.
The FAR final rule incorporated standards developed by the
Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also
referred to as the ``Access Board''). Among other things, the standards
set forth the technical and functional performance criteria for EIT
accessibility. While only Federal agencies must comply with the
requirements of Section 508; vendors interested in selling EIT to the
Federal government are responsible for providing products or services
that meet the applicable Access Board standards (and will be bound by
the terms and conditions of the contract into which they enter).
The FAR rule implementing Section 508 does not require vendors to
certify that offered products or services comply with the requirements
of Section 508. Agencies are not to require such certification as a
matter of policy, unless they have followed the procedures set forth in
(i) FAR Subpart 1.3 on agency acquisition rulemaking, implementing
section 22 of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act (OFPP Act),
41 U.S.C. 418b, and (ii) section 29 of the OFPP Act, 41 U.S.C. 425,
addressing contractor certification requirements. (Section 29(c)(2) of
the OFPP Act prohibits an executive agency from promulgating a
regulation requiring certification unless it is required by statute, or
approved on an exception basis by the agency head after the senior
procurement executive provides written justification.)
As part of the implementation effort some have suggested a need for
additional guidance. For example, some assert that the inclusion of an
EIT clause in the FAR will promote greater consistency and reduce
confusion in the implementation of Section 508 by avoiding the
proliferation of agency specific clauses. By contrast, others contend
that EIT standards are a ``requirements issue'' and are best addressed
through the statement of work or other specifications instead of a
clause.
The Councils are seeking the following input to help them determine
the best approach to promote more consistent and effective
implementation of Section 508.
1. Need for additional guidance. The Councils ask that respondents
discuss whether additional acquisition guidance to implement Section
508 is needed at this time. Respondents are encouraged to discuss
potential advantages and disadvantages.
2. Form of guidance. To the extent additional guidance is desired,
the Councils ask respondents to identify if such guidance should be in
the form of a FAR clause, a solicitation provision, other FAR coverage,
or non-regulatory guidance. If a clause is desirable, respondents are
encouraged to identify the types of EIT purchases on which a clause
should focus (e.g., all EIT purchases, EIT services only). The non-
regulatory guidance may be in the form of reference material or
frequently asked questions on the web site at
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/leaving.cgi?from=leavingFR.html&
log=
linklog&to=http://www.section508.gov
.
Respondents are encouraged to discuss potential
advantages and disadvantages of the form of guidance they suggest and
why they believe other forms of guidance would be less beneficial or
not appropriate.
3. Content of guidance. The Councils invite respondents' ideas
regarding what should be included in the guidance.

Dated: June 20, 2002.
Al Matera,
Director, Acquisition Policy Division.
[FR Doc. 02-15976 Filed 6-26-02; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 6820-EP-P

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