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Section 508 is:
The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines Final Rule ("508 Refresh") updating the original 2000 Final Rule on Section 508 Standards became effective January 18, 2018. The Final Rule also updated Section 255 of the Communication Act. The final rule jointly updates and reorganizes the Section 508 standards and Section 255 guidelines, aligning them with other commonly used guidelines and standards for ICT. The 508 Refresh applies to ICT that Federal Agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use as well as telecommunications equipment.
ICT that is procured, developed, maintained, or used by agencies shall conform to the Revised 508 Standards. The Revised 508 Standards also clarify the electronic content that Federal agencies are required to make conformant with the Revised 508 Standards:
ICT vs EIT? The original law referred to Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) and the 508 Refresh refers to Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The change from EIT to ICT occurred to align better with International standards as well as to reflect changes in technology over the years. EIT should always be interpreted as ICT for agency purposes.
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