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S. 746: Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 12, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 746

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 12, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Moran) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a study on the accessibility of websites of the Department of Veterans Affairs to individuals with disabilities, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Department of Veterans Affairs Website Accessibility Act of 2019.

2.

Study on 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 conduct a study of all websites 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 to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives a report on such study.

(c)

Elements

The report required by subsection (b) shall include the following:

(1)

A list of each website 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 identified in the list under paragraph (1)—

(A)

the plan of the Secretary to bring the website into compliance with the requirements of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794d); and

(B)

a description of the barriers to bringing the website into compliance with the requirements of such section, including any barriers relating to staffing.

(d)

Website defined

In this section, the term website includes the following:

(1)

A file attached to a website.

(2)

A web-based application.

(3)

A kiosk at a medical facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the use of which is required to check in for scheduled appointments.