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Access Board Wants an Appropriately Accessible Records Management System


The federal agency created to ensure Americans with disabilities have full access to federally-funded facilities is preparing to move to a new electronic records management system and wants to make sure that system complies with its own accessibility standards.

The Access Board—made up of 25 members from federal agencies and the public—is an independent agency that develops and disseminates guidelines and design principles that promote accessibility. The board is also charged with ensuring all federal facilities meet those standards.

Like all federal agencies, the board generates records—emails, memos, notes, documents—many of which must be preserved and archived. The National Archives and Records Administration currently accepts physical and digital records for archiving but will soon require all records to be submitted electronically.

The board already manages most of its records electronically. But the current contract to manage the board’s digital records is expiring, and the agency ...


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