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eGov Act signed w/508 provisions

From: Larry Goldberg <Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 10:40:52 -0500
To: Section 508 <sec508@trace.wisc.edu>, Web Accessibility Initiative <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-id: <BA275148.DCC8%Larry_Goldberg@wgbh.org>

The announcement below doesn't mention these important provisions of the
act:

(e) The Administrator shall work with the Administrator of the Office of
Information and Regulatory Affairs and with other offices within the Office
of Management and Budget to oversee implementation of electronic Government
under this chapter, chapter 35, the E-Government Act of 2002, and other
relevant statutes, in a manner consistent with law, relating to--

...

(6) accessibility of information technology for persons with disabilities;
and

...

(13) Assist Federal agencies, including the General Services Administration,
the Department of Justice, and the United States Access Board in--

(A) implementing accessibility standards under section 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d)

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BUSH SIGNS E-GOVERNMENT ACT
This week President Bush signed the E-Government Act of 2002, which is
intended to foster more effective and efficient electronic
communication among government agencies and with government employees
and the public. The bill creates an Office of Information, within the
Office of Management and Budget, which is directed by a federal chief
information officer. Groups such as the Information Technology
Association Of America supported the bill and said its passage
relatively soon after the September 11 attacks--which highlighted
breakdowns in government systems--was coincidental. The bill also won
support from privacy groups, which typically are opposed to measures
that facilitate greater and easier gathering and sharing of personal
information among government agencies.
CNET, 17 December 2002
http://news.com.com/2100-1023-978297.html

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