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Re: section 508 for a federal contract for technical support


From: Ryan E. Benson
Date: Jul 21, 2020 7:30PM

> they are asked to check the box that it complies to Section 508.
This is not always true. Sometimes the contract may state that an approved
checklist must accompany each deliverable, the agency will double check
that there's a checklist, and it's accurate. Now there's a high chance the
latter does not happen.

Ryan E. Benson

On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 2:46 PM Peter Shikli < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> When a federal Procurement Officer accepts an online document or
> software application (as for payment), they are asked to check the box
> that it complies to Section 508. The odds of the Procurement Officer
> knowing the answer are low, in which case they sometimes shift
> responsibility by asking the vendor for a Letter of Reasonable
> Accessibility that specifically claims 508 compliance. Because that in
> turn is hard for a vendor to answer (which they often do anyway), the
> feds established their Trusted Tester Program. A certified Trusted
> Tester signing such a Letter of Reasonable Accessibility gives
> Procurement Officers confidence checking their 508 box. Does the
> Trusted Tester VPAT allow for subjectivity? Yes, but less than any
> other auditing methodology that I know.
> Peter Shikli
> Access2online Inc.
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