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H.R. 1199: VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 16, 2019 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1199

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 16, 2019

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

AN ACT

To direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study regarding the accessibility of websites of the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals with disabilities.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the VA Website Accessibility Act of 2019.

2.

Study regarding the accessibility of websites of the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals with disabilities

(a)

Study

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall examine all websites (including attached files and web-based applications) of the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine whether such websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d).

(b)

Report

Not later than 90 days after completing the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit a report to Congress regarding such study. The report shall include the following:

(1)

A list of each website, file, or web-based application described in subsection (a) that is not accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d).

(2)

For each website, file, or web-based application identified under paragraph (1), a description of the barriers to bringing such website, file, or web-based application into compliance with the requirements of such section, including barriers relating to staffing.

(3)

The plan of the Secretary to bring each website, file, or web-based application identified in the list under paragraph (1) into compliance with the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d).

(c)

Definition of website

In this section, the term website includes a kiosk at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility, the use of which is required to check in for scheduled appointments.

Passed the House of Representatives October 15, 2019.

Cheryl L. Johnson,

Clerk