Thread Subject: Re: Best Meets
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From: Gregg Vanderheiden
Date: Mon, Jun 18 2007 1:51 PM
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Can we define "overall business and technical needs" ?
This looks like it could easily be abused so that accessibility was not
supposed to get any special handling or consideration. It is just another
need along with everything else.
The government already has rules about what you can put into an RFP as
"requirements" so that people don't abuse this type of language in other
ways. We can build on this. If it really is important for the "business
and technical needs" it would be in there. Then we can create a separate
clause for those situations where there aren't any specified
Gregg C Vanderheiden Ph.D.
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Subject: [teitac-subparta] Best Meets
We would like to propose the following change:
(b) When procuring a product, each agency shall procure products which
comply with the provisions in this part when such products are available in
the commercial marketplace or when such products are developed in response
to a Government solicitation AND MEET THE AGENCY'S OVERALL BUSINESS AND
TECHNICAL NEEDS. Agencies cannot claim a product as a whole is not
commercially available because no product in the marketplace COMPREHENSIVELY
meets all the standards. If products are commercially available that meet
some but not all of the standards, OR PARTIALLY MEET INDIVIDUAL STANDARDS,
agency must procure the product that best meets THE APPLICABLE ACCESSIBILITY
PROVISIONS OF THIS PART IN LIGHT OF the AGENCY'S OVERALL BUSINESS and
Rationale: The change to the final sentence states that the focus is on
finding the most accessible product but also takes into account that an
agency will not purchase a product that does not fully meet its business
Information Technology Accessibility Center - ITAC
Information Resources Accessibility Program - IRAP
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