Section 508

Published April 27, 2016

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (29 U.S.C. 794d) requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use information and communication technology (ICT), Federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access and use by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Learn more by reading the DoD Section 508 Fact Sheet.

The Section 508 Office of the Army Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO) is responsible for: (a) developing policies, procedures, and requirements related to achieving implementation of, compliance with, and institutionalization of Section 508; (b) serving as the Army Section 508 coordinator point of contact for Section 508 implementation; and (c) representing the Army on Federal-wide boards and committees.

In an effort to ensure that Army public websites are accessible, the Office of the Army CIO G-6, randomly tests Army websites for accessibility. The testing results are provided to the Commands Information Technology (IT) lead to bring websites 508 compliant. In an effort to ensure all Army websites are compliant, Army Commands should periodically evaluate their websites and ensure they comply with Section 508 U.S. Access Boards standards and WCAG 2.0.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 39.2 requires that acquisition of ICT supplies and services must meet the applicable accessibility standards at 36 CFR Part 1194 (Section 508 Standards). The General Services Administration (GSA), in an effort to enforce accessibility of Federally procured products and services, randomly selects Federal contracts for review. Guidance is given to Army Commands to review existing procurement and information technology policies and procedures to confirm that the Section 508 standards are appropriately considered and clearly stated when preparing requirements and solicitation documents.

  • DoD CIO Section 508 Memo - Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • DoD Directive 8000.01 - Management of the Department of Defense Information Enterprise (Paragraph K)
  • DoD Manual 8400.01-M - Procedures for Ensuring the Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) Procured by DoD Organizations
  • USD (AT&L) and DoD CIO Joint Memorandum - Improving the Accessibility of Government Information through Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as Amended (29 U.S.C. § 794d)
  • Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG) - Accessibility of Electronic and Information Technology

Buy Resources and tools to help you meet Section 508 requirements.
Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program: Ensures people with disabilities and wounded service members have equal access to the information environment and opportunities in the Department of Defense and throughout the Federal government.
Section Resources for understanding and implementing Section 508.
United States Access Board: A Federal agency committed to accessible design.
Web Accessibility Initiative: Strategies, guidelines and resources to make the web accessible to people with disabilities.

Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology Department of Justice Report - Publish Date: 09/12/12 View Online

This report, authorized under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides findings based on a survey of Federal agencies on the accessibility of their electronic and information technology (EIT) and the procedures used to implement the requirements of Section 508.

In 2010-2011, the Justice Department partnered with the General Service Administration to create survey instruments and solicited answers from Federal agencies about their implementation of Section 508. The survey requested data in four important areas: procurement, general processes for implementing Section 508, administrative complaints and civil actions, and website compliance.


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