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SECTION 508 SURVEYS and REPORTS

Overview

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 794d) requires the federal government to ensure that the electronic and information technology that it develops, procures, maintains, or uses is accessible to persons with disabilities. Section 508 also directs the Attorney General to submit reports to the President and Congress on the state of federal agencies' compliance with the Act's requirements. In preparation for its report, the Department of Justice conducts a survey of federal agencies to obtain information on the state of compliance with Section 508, including the Section 508 Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility Standards.

Each federal department or agency is required by Section 508 to provide the Department of Justice with information that is needed to prepare the reports. Following below is information about the Department of Justice’s Section 508 surveys and reports.


Section 508 Survey and Report

2011 Self-Evaluation Survey and Report

  • On February 17, 2011, the Attorney General issues a memorandum (HTML, PDF) noticing heads of all federal departments and agencies that the Department of Justice will conduct a survey in order to obtain information that is needed to prepare the next Section 508 report. Enclosed with the memorandum are instructions for the survey, including the survey questions.

2004 Self-Evaluation Survey and Report

  • In January 2004, the Department of Justice issues a memorandum (HTML, PDF) noticing heads of all federal departments and agencies that the Department of Justice will conduct a survey in order to obtain information that is needed to prepare the next Section 508 report. Enclosed with the memorandum are instructions for the survey, including the survey questions.
  • The Department of Justice did not publish a report based on the results of the 2004 survey data.

2001 Self-Evaluation Survey and Report

  • On January 18, 2001, the Department of Justice issues a memorandum (HTML, PDF) noticing all federal agency chief information officers that the Department will conduct a survey in order to obtain information that is needed to prepare the next Section 508 report. Enclosed with the memorandum are the following documents:
    • Questions and Answers for Designated Agency Officials (HTML, PDF)
    • Form for Self-Evaluation Questionnaire for Designated Agency Officials (HTML, PDF)
    • Web Page Accessibility Questionnaire for Component Web Contacts with Technical Assistance Information (HTML, PDF)

1999 Self-Evaluation Survey and Report

  • In April 1999, the Attorney General issues a package of detailed self-evaluation materials and resource guides to federal departments and agencies to conduct the first Executive Brach-wide Section 508 self-evaluation.

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