Section 508 Briefing

Synopsis: Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act imposes new standards governing the accessibility of electronic and information technology (“E&IT”) used by the Federal government. These standards will apply to all new contracts for E&IT awarded on or after June 25, 2001. Section 508 authorizes interested parties to file litigation against agencies that that do not comply with the Act. This will likely impose significant pressure on agencies to adhere to the new standards. From a vendor’s perspective, failure to comply may result in loss of new contracts. A vendor that complies with the standards may use its own compliance to block awards to a noncompliant competitor…

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