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FAR RIN: 9000-AN46 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-011, Section 508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology 

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revisions and updates to standards in section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, developed by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also referred to as the "Access Board"). This FAR change incorporates the U.S. Access Board’s final rule, "Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines," published on January 18, 2017 , which implemented revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines. This rule is expected to impose additional costs on Federal agencies. The purpose is to increase productivity for Federal employees with disabilities, time savings due to improved accessibility of federal web sites for members of the public with disabilities, and reduced call volumes to Federal agencies. Additionally, this rule harmonizes standards with national and international consensus standards this would assist American ICT companies by helping them to achieve economies of scale created by a wider use of these technical standards.

Agency: DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)(FAR)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 48 CFR 2    48 CFR 7    48 CFR 10    48 CFR 11    48 CFR 12    48 CFR 39   
Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)    10 U.S.C. ch. 137    51 U.S.C. 20113   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/00/2019 
NPRM Comment Period End  06/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
FAR Policy
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Phone:202 969-4075