Some Agencies Setting Undue Burden Threshold High
Section 508 does not require agencies to procure EIT that meets the section 508 technical or performance standards if doing so would impose an undue burden. Because agencies face potential liability if procurement officers do not adequately assess undue burden before purchasing EIT that does not meet the Standards, some agencies are taking steps to ensure that the undue burden determination was carefully made.
Update: For instance, on January 30, 2003,
the Department of Transportation issued 508 procedures that include an
Undue Burden Advisory Board (UBAB), a multidisciplinary group of section
508 experts, that reviews, analyzes, recommends, and advises on complex
undue burden issues, with ultimate review at the Secretarial level. Not
only does such a procedure protect the agency, it also reflects a
serious commitment to section 508 implementation.