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Re: Update on Section 508 Refresh


From: Pratik Patel
Date: Jul 28, 2011 3:30PM

I'm not certain that this is putting one step forward on the road to final
regulations. This will be a second draft of the ANPRM and not an NPRM. Why
could the budgetary analysis not have been done at the NPRM stage?


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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Bevi Chagnon
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 5:23 PM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Update on Section 508 Refresh

Jared, here in Washington, we review the reviews of the reviews. <grin>

But on a serious note, the revised draft of the ICT rule needs to be
publically released, allowing for further comments from the public before it
can be sent on its merry way to Congress.

This is the Board's formal notice that they've reached that step in the

The ICT rules will also have to be reviewed by OMB (Office of Management and
Budget) to determine how much money it's going to cost the federal
government to deploy the ruling, as in how much will Sec. 508 requirements
add to the cost of creating and maintaining a federal website or publishing
their electronic documents, including Word documents, spreadsheets,
PowerPoint slideshows, and PDFs. This assessment is required by federal law.

In the end, today's notice means that the revised ICT rules are moving one
more step up the ladder. It's a positive note!

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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jared Smith
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2011 4:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Update on Section 508 Refresh

On Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Andrew Kirkpatrick < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> To me this isn't indicating a new review, just that the standards portion
of what will constitute the NPRM is to be available in September.  The
regulatory language and/or budgetary review is apparently needing more time.

I read "draft of the ICT rule" to indicate that additional changes and
review are coming. And how can the regulatory language and budgetary review
be completed on guidelines that have not yet been released in a finalized

I hope you're right and that the end is coming near(er).