In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d) to require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology may interfere with an individual’s ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily. Therefore, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act , as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-220), August 7, 1998 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The Section 508 Amendment requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. The Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at www.section508.gov.
In an effort to comply with the requirements of Section 508, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office of Inspector General has published a number of its reports in multiple electronic formats, including: Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) format, American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) (plain text) format, and portable document format (PDF). We have also formatted our web pages to enable visitors to effectively use assistive technologies, such as screen readers.
If you require assistance in accessing any of the information on our web site, please contact our webmaster OIG_WEBMASTER@EEOC.GOV.