Section 508 Report 2023
This report looks at CFO Act Agencies and their progress or lack of in web conformance.
In Brief Summary
- PDFs are still a problem with only 30% of pdfs accessible
- 14% of agencies do not test intranet pages
- Only 2 agencies consider themselves “Measured” in all five maturity areas (e.g. FCC and SEC)
- Conforming pages increased 0.6%
- Non-conforming increased 13%
- 90% (58 agencies) have an accessibility statement
- Among the “top 10 downloads,” 77% were PDFs
- Among the PDF documents, 20% were conformant
- Among the 57% non-conformant PDFs*
○ 27% were found to contain at least one issue
○ 73% of the PDF documents were untagged
Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology
The Department of Justice and the General Services Administration submit this Section 508 Report to the President and Congress: Accessibility of Federal Electronic and Information Technology to Congress and the President pursuant to the reporting requirement in 29 U.S.C. §794d(d)(2).
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires federal agencies to ensure that their information and communication technology (ICT) is accessible to people with disabilities unless certain exceptions apply. Specifically, Section 508 requires federal agencies to ensure that ICT they develop, procure, maintain, or use allows employees with disabilities and individuals with disabilities who are members of the public to have access to and use of information and data.
This access should be comparable to that available to employees and members of the public without disabilities.1
Section 508 requires the Attorney General to submit to the President and Congress reports containing information on and recommendations regarding the state of federal department and agency compliance with Section 508.2 The last such report was submitted by the Department of Justice in 2012. Since 2013, however, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the
General Services Administration (GSA) have led a program to track federal agency efforts to maintain accessible ICT and improve management of Section 508 programs. Beginning in December 2013 and continuing every six months thereafter, GSA has collected and analyzed data provided by all 24 Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act federal agencies, which are required to participate, as well as additional agencies that choose to participate, concerning the accessibility of their ICT.3 The Department of Justice and GSA have worked together to submit this report based on data from February, 2021 through August, 2022 that was collected and analyzed by GSA.
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