Federal Agreements with Social Media Providers Released

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in April by the Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC), the GSA has released the “Web 2.0 agreements” that were generated by the agency on behalf of the federal government with many social media providers in March of 2009.

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Bill Williams

I appreciate this posting as well and browsed through a few of the agreements. I assume the agreements serve as contracts of a sort and, while I am not a legal expert and imagine some of the language is a bit fuzzy, am surprised that accessibility is not addressed. Is it reasonable to suggest that Section 508 requirements do not apply with these agreements? Otherwise, if they do apply, how is it that agency attorneys, etc., overlook 508?

Accessible E&IT:

“Subsection 508(a)(1) requires that when Federal departments or agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use Electronic and Information Technology (EIT), they must ensure that the EIT allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by other Federal employees. Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal department or agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public without disabilities.”