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Effective enforcement of federal regulations

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No excuses for noncompliant purchases of basic products

It should be inexcusable to procure noncompliant basic products such as phone systems; photocopiers; security systems, blackberries/PDAs, and basic software (word processing, email, spreadsheet, time and attendance, travel, performance management, etc.) Find out what is 508 compliant and, for such basic products, require one of those options to be used.

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Product Accessibility

Contribute to Free Software Tools & Open Standards

There's a great deal of benefit in contributing to the accessibility of Open Source tools like Drupal, jQuery, WordPress & OpenLayers. Aside from benefiting many government departments by improving the core tools available to every government department, the investment benefits everyone. It is a benefit to business, NPO's & educational institutions when government invests in and contributes back to open source tools.... more »

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Product Accessibility

It all come back to Top down Agency awareness with Section 508

Very interesting conversation going on and from my perspective I see everything coming back to increased awareness. When we talk about Product Accessibility you have to first distinguish which “product” you are talking about. Put into the process of the current law it can be any product that we use, develop, maintain or procure. You’re talking about almost everyone within your organization needing to be aware of Section... more »

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Improvement of Accessibility to Voting Booths

Individuals with disabilities should be able to vote at any election facilities. Equipment should be set up and available for use during entire time opened. Disabled should be notified when it's available. This will empower disabled to vote and provide incentives to those seeking federal funding to think in terms of being their constituents. And, encourage individuals to speak out when in situation where access limits... more »

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Product Accessibility

Specific location of accessability tools be in a set location

Accessibility tools should be required to be in one location all the time every time. It is unrealistic to expect a person with disabilities to to search a page they can not access to find out if the accessibility tools are their or not.

For example access ability tools will always be in the upper right hand corner of every web page so they can easily be found if they exist at all.

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Product Accessibility

Use an Evaluation matrix instead of VPATS in procurement

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... more »

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Strengthen Accountability

Metrics exist for Agency Procurement Compliance

This 508 strategic plans seems to want to look forward, without really understanding successful or unsuccessful Section 508 implementation has been in the past. With regard to Federal Agency compliance on EIT procurements, there is over 5 years of data that indicate the government is still struggling to include appropriate and detailed Section 508 requirements into solicitations. In fact government-wide compliance rates... more »

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Establish an inter-agency hotline for accesibility issues.

I propose expanding the funding of the CAP office to implement a hotline for all accessibility issues. They are already the subject matter experts. This hotline could help disabled individuals with their technical questions, provide a clearing house to disseminate technical tips, and serve as a focal point for reporting/tracking non 508 compliant websites/applications.

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Increase Transparency

CASE STYDY FOR TRAINING PURPOSE?

We Challenge the Department of Vets Affairs To use My Case As an Example for how, "NOT TO HANDLE A CASE", My case was never allowed to come to the forefront until President Obama, was elected! Even today there are so many,many, "AGENTS",Will Not HELP,"US", The "Government",Should Provide "ATTORNEYS" For Service Members That have been (RAPED),By another member of the Military, The Military, Intel.,Was Directly responsible... more »

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Do Not Purchase if not Compliant

Some commenters mentioned that software purveyors say "we will fix the 508 issues in the next release." If the whole Federal government stood firm and refused to purchase products until they were 508 compliant, the whole industry would rise to the challenge and build that requirement into the system. OMB and GSA must levy fines on agencies that buy systems that are not compliant.

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Increase Transparency

Department of Vet. Affairs

The Rating System For Vets. Is Flawed, Rating is Designed For The GOV. Not THE VET?? The Doctors, Discount The Patent ON,ON,ON,AND,DOWN,Until there is NOTHING LEFT, DEGRADED? Humbled,Abused? The Rating System For Vets, Should be removed from the Military? There should be one RATING SYSTEM? NOT MILITARY? The Military is A Dictatorship! Should not be putting just $$$on Vets CARE?? Bobby Gean Russum

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