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DRAFT Solicitation, 3FNJ-C1-000001-B for Schedule 36 Refresh 35

DISCLAIMER: GSA FAS is posting this notification of a planned solicitation refresh or mass modification as a courtesy to industry. All comments on the attached DRAFT document must be submitted in the “Comments” section below within ten (10) business days of this posting. Comments provided elsewhere or after 10 business days will not be considered. GSA FAS will consider all relevant comments and make changes to the DRAFT as appropriate, but will not issue a formal response to industry comments or related inquiries. Interested parties should review the final version of the solicitation refresh or mass modification closely for additional changes made to this DRAFT.

 

MAS 36 Will Also Add the Following:

Notice of the Federal Procurement Law Affecting All Electronic and Information Technology “developed, procured, maintained, or used” by the Federal Government (Section 508)

SECTION 508 CONFORMANCE. Section 508 is a part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires that Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) that is “developed, procured, maintained, or used” by the Federal government be accessible to persons with disabilities. On August 7, 1998, the President signed into law the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, which includes the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. Section 508 was originally added to the Rehabilitation Act in 1986; the 1998 amendments significantly expand and strengthen the technology accessibility requirements in Section 508.

Section 508 requires that when Federal agencies “develop, procure, maintain, or use” electronic and information technology, they shall ensure that the electronic and information technology allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by Federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Section 508 Standards Applicable to this Effort:

The Section 508 standards in 36 CFR 1194 are incorporated into and made part of all task/delivery orders awarded under a GSA Schedule to procure Electronic and Information Technology (EIT).  These standards are found in their entirety at: http://www.section508.govand http://www.access-board.gov/sec508/standards.htm.

Offerors providing EIT shall fully address all standards identified as applicable in each individual task/delivery order and are encouraged to maintain and provide a link to a designated area on their website that provides Section 508 and accessibility information for their EIT-related products and services.  Compliance with the applicable Section 508 standards is a material requirement of this solicitation.

 

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