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Section 508

Section 508 Brief History and Description

On August 7, 1998, the President signed into law the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which includes the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments requires that when Federal agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology (EIT), they shall ensure that EIT allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data comparable to the access to and use of information and data 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 comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities. If an undue burden can be justified and documented, the legislation still requires that an alternative means of access be provided for people with disabilities.

Why is Section 508 important?

Section 508 affects every employee within the Department, not just those who work with technology or procurement. Every TSA employee has a collective responsibility for compliance with Section 508's mandate to make our information accessible to individuals with disabilities. This means that TSA employees must take proactive actions to ensure that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used, and all new or revised information made available on the Internet and Intranet meet the new accessibility standards.

What is TSA doing to support Section 508?

Systems Innovation Division periodically scans TSA websites for accessibility reporting, and works with content managers to identify and remediate deficiencies. Procurement reviews are conducted to ensure Section 508 compliance is included in the Statement of Work (SOW). Accessibility testing and remediation software requests are processed thru Systems Innovation. Please review the TSA Section 508 Guide for more information about how to ensure accessibility for TSA employees.

Training- the DHS Office of Accessible Systems & Technology (OAST) has developed a number of Section 508 compliance hands-on training classes. These classroom style courses created by OAST were developed to assist those individuals that are responsible for developing, procuring, and/or maintaining EIT. These classes are now available to DHS and TSA employees. Please review the schedule.

Report a Problem- To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please indicate the nature of your accessibility problem, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the Web address (URL) of the material with which you are having difficulty, and your contact information.

TSA is committed to ensuring the accessibility of this Web site. If you have a disability and you are unable to access information on this Web site, please email the TSA Section 508 Coordinator to request the information in an alternative format.

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