We are taking steps to continue to modernize and secure our data, applications, and systems. We completed the first phase and restored many of the functions put on pause in May 2021. Now that the first phase is complete, work will resume at a slower pace but will speed up as new systems and applications are brought online. For more information and updates, please visit our Cybersecurity Modernization Initiative web page.
Assistance with Accessibility
We are committed to making our electronic and information technologies accessible to people of all abilities. If you need help with any of our information products, please contact the DCAS Website Coordinator. Please be sure to specify the web page or file you need help with. This will allow us to address the issue more quickly.
Glenda M. Leary, Website Coordinator
Section 508/Accessibility Laws and Policies
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC § 701 et seq.) which requires that federal agencies make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. It ensures that all users can obtain and use information quickly and easily.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act: (29 USC 794d):
requires agencies to provide people with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data similar to those who do not have disabilities.
applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, obtain, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. The only exception to the law is if it would cause an undue burden on the agency.
eliminates barriers in information technology
makes new options available for people with disabilities
encourages development of technologies that will help achieve these goals
On January 18, 2017, the U.S. Access Board published a final rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communications Act.
enhance accessibility to ICT for people with disabilities;
make the requirements easier to understand and follow;
update the requirements so that they stay on top of the ever-changing nature of the technologies covered; and
unify the requirements with other standards in the U.S. and abroad.
More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at: