Overview of the Access Board
• 25 members
• 13 public members appointed by the President for four year terms
• 12 Federal members from various Federal agencies

Overview of the Access Board
• $6 million budget
• 28 employees
• 3 organizational units
• Office of the Executive Director
• General Counsel
• Technical and Information Services

Overview of the Access Board
• Guidelines and standards development
• Architectural Barriers Act of 1968
• Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
• Telecommunications Act of 1996
• Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998
• Technical assistance and training
• Research
• Compliance and enforcement

Required Rulemaking Process
• Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
• Published in Federal Register
• Public comment period
• Final Rule
• Published in Federal Register
• Office of Management and Budget

Our Rulemaking Process Enhancements
• Extensive public input and involvement
• Base on consensus where possible
• Information meetings
• Advisory committees
• Regulatory negotiation committees
• Use of draft rules

Rulemaking in Development
• Outdoor Developed Areas
• Trails, camping facilities, picnic areas, beach access routes (NPRM)
• Passenger Vessel Accessibility Guidelines
• Ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats (2nd draft)
• Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
• Sidewalks, street crossings, on-street parking, pedestrian signals (2nd draft)

Rulemaking in Development
• Transportation Vehicles (1st draft)
• Technology Revision and Update
• Emergency Transportable Housing
• Communications Update

Passenger Vessels Rulemaking
• 1998 – Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee
• 2000 – Passenger Vessel Access Advisory Committee report completed
• 2004 – ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines finalized (NFPA 72)
• November 26, 2004 – first draft of Passenger Vessel Accessibility Guidelines (PVAG) made available for public comment (NFPA 72)

Passenger Vessels Rulemaking
• November 10, 2005 – information meeting on emergency alarms held with vessel industry and advocates
• July 7, 2006 – second draft of PVAG for public comment – principles of best practice replaced reference to NFPA 72
• August 13, 2007 – Advisory Committee formed

Access Board’s Rulemaking Authority
• New construction and alterations
• Guidelines not enforceable until adopted by standard setting agency

Fixed Elements
• Access Board’s authority only extends to the fixed items and equipment of a facility (i.e., items and equipment fixed to the facility through bolts, plumbing, or other structural elements)
• Department of Justice and Department of Transportation have authority over non-fixed or free-standing equipment