Currently each agency is making determinations as to whether a product is 508 compliant. A central location for sharing product testing for accessibility, by product name and version, would save each agency from having to replicate testing over and over again. We could start with major applications such as Windows and Lotus Notes. Most agencies are spending significant dollars to make some major procurements, such as Sharepoint accessible. There ought to be a way for the federal government to coordinate and centralize testing and sharing of results of accessibility for electronic and information technology. It would save the government money if this could be done before agencies can purchase it. Almost like a prequalification step.
Comment from Accessibility Committee virtual listening session, Sept 8, 2011
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