VPATS as the name implies is voluntary and federal agencies cannot hold the the vendor to compliance based on a VPAT.
Instead an evaluation matrix is more effective as you make the vendors respond to the applicable provisions for their products and score them based on their compliance.
This ensure fair and open competition as per the FAR and also ensures the agency buys the most compliant product.
When vendors respond to a matrix and are awarded contracts based on it the agency can hold them to compliance and vendors have to make their products or services 508 compliant
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