Strengthen Accountability

Executive Support Needed for 508 to Succeed

The suggestions received thus far are generally pretty good, but in they are nibbling at the edges rather than attacking the core of the problem. What distinguishes the very few agencies or components that have been relatively successful in implementing Section 508? It is top level executive understanding and support. Most top level executives do not understand the scale and scope of Section 508 and the need for them to provide supportive policies, along with standardized procedures and practices. The FAR actually does a pretty good job of implementing Section 508 requirements, but it is rarely followed in practice. Further, Section 508 is often viewed as a procurement requirement for vendors, ignoring the fact that it also governs development, maintenance and use of E&IT within Federal Agencies. Until agency executives understand and get behind Section 508, implementation will continue to crawl at a snail’s pace.

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