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Published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2015 (80 FR 10880).

36 CFR Parts 1193 and 1194
[Docket No. ATBCB-2015-0002]
RIN 3014-AA37

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

AGENCY:  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION:  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

SUMMARY:  The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board or Board), is proposing to revise and update, in a single document, both its standards for electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies covered by section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and its guidelines for telecommunications equipment and customer premises equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act of 1934.  The proposed revisions and updates to the section 508-based standards and section 255-based guidelines are intended to ensure that information and communication technology covered by the respective statutes is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.

DATES:  Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments must be submitted on or before May 28, 2015.  Two hearings will be held on the proposed rule on:

  1. March 5, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., San Diego, CA; and
  2. March 11, 2015, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Washington, DC.

To preregister to testify at either of the hearings, contact Kathy Johnson at (202) 272–0041 (voice), (202) 272–0082 (TTY), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ADDRESSES:  Submit comments by any one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments.  The Regulations.gov ID for this docket is ATBCB-2015-0002.
  • E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include docket number ATBCB-2015-0002 in the subject line of the message.
  • Fax:  202-272-0081.
  • Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier:  Office of Technical and Information Services, Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC  20004-1111.

All comments, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov and be available for public viewing.

The hearing locations are:

  1. San Diego, CA:  Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel (Mission Beach A & B, 3rd floor), One Market Place, San Diego, CA  92101.
  2. Washington, DC:  Access Board conference room, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC  20004.

Witnesses can testify in person at the hearing in San Diego.  Witnesses can testify in person or by telephone at the hearing in Washington, DC.  Copies of the rule will not be available at the hearings.  Call-in information and a communication access real-time translation (CART) web streaming link for the Washington, DC hearing will be posted on the Access Board’s website at http://www.access-board.gov/ictrefresh.  The hearings will be accessible to persons with disabilities.  An assistive listening system, communication access real-time translation, and sign language interpreters will be provided.  Persons attending the meetings are requested to refrain from using perfume, cologne, and other fragrances for the comfort of other participants (see http://www.access-board.gov/the-board/policies/fragrance-free-environment for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Timothy Creagan, Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC  20004-1111.  Telephone:  (202) 272-0016 (voice) or (202) 272-0074 (TTY).  E-mail address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents for Preamble:

  1. Public Participation and Request for Comments
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Statutory Background
  4. Rulemaking History
  5. Major Issues
  6. Section-by-Section Analysis
  7. Effective Date
  8. Regulatory Process Matters

In this preamble, the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board is referred to as “Access Board,” “Board,” “we,” or “our.”