In 2018, President Trump signed into law the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act or 21st Century IDEA. The Act encourages a digital transformation of federal government services by requiring agencies to modernize their website, which includes ensuring they are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Among other requirements, 21st Century IDEA stipulates that an executive agency that creates a new website or digital service intended for public use has 180 days from enactment to ensure that site, application or service is accessible to individuals with disabilities according to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Existing websites and digital services must comply within one year of enactment.
The Act also requires annual reporting to Congress. That report is to include a list of most viewed or utilized websites and digital services, a prioritized list of assets that require more work in order to be compliant with Section 508, and an estimated cost and schedule to modernize those assets. Agencies must also report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a report of the progress in implementing all digital assets, and provide an annual report made available to the public articulating progress in implementing these requirements.
Who is Required to Comply with the 21st Century IDEA?
This law applies to federal government agencies and impacts the accessibility of their websites and digital services, among other requirements.
How Can I Ensure Compliance with the 21st Century IDEA?
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