U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
 
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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20240
http://www.blm.gov
 
October 21, 2011
 
In Reply Refer To:
1261/1510 (560/800) P         
 
EMS TRANSMISSION 10/26/2011
Information Bulletin No. 2012-006
 
To:                  All SDs, CDs and ADs
                       Attn: State and Center System Managers, Contracting Officers, Procurement Officials, and Contracting Officer Representatives
 
From:              Assistant Director, Information Resources Management
 
Subject:          Enhancing the Accessibility of Government Information and Compliance with Section 508 During the Acquisition of Electronic and Information Technologies
 
This Information Bulletin (IB) provides information to all employees who develop solicitations that include the purchasing of Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT). 
 
On July 19, 2010, the Department of the Interior announced that the General Services Administration (GSA) would begin conducting quarterly random samplings of agency E&IT solicitations posted on the FedBizOpps website at: www.fbo.gov to determine if they are 508 compliant. In accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d), applicable standards must be applied in solicitations that include the procurement, development, and utilization of E&IT, unless an exception is documented. 
 
In order to ensure compliance with Section 508, you must follow the established E&IT solicitations guidelines at: www.buyaccessible.gov. The following websites also must be used to analyze and prepare E&IT purchases: www.section508.gov and www.access-board.gov. Attachments 1 and 2 of this IB provide additional guidance on creating well-written solicitations and background on the administration’s plans for improving accessibility to agency information. 
 
Signed by:                                                        Authenticated by:
Ronnie Levine                                                   Robert M. Williams
Assistant Director                                             Division of IRM Governance,WO-560
Information Resources Management
 
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Last updated: 10-27-2011