SCRA nabs $1M contract to support federal program

Staff Report
Published Dec. 11, 2013

S.C. Research Authority Applied R&D was recently awarded a $1 million contract to help make products produced by the federal government accessible for people with disabilities.

The funds will support the “BeAccessible” program, which provides tools and technical expertise to help the federal government comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

In 2000, Congress amended the 1973 act to mandate that all electronic and information technology products and services that are “developed, procured, maintained or used” by the federal government be accessible to persons with disabilities.

The program is currently in the fourth year of a five-year award and further expands previous contracts with a similar mission. SCRA Applied R&D partners with Jacobs Technologies and Harolynn Inc. in providing technical support to the General Services Administration.

“In 2006, federal agency compliance with Section 508 was only 3%, but through the BeAccessible program, compliance is now over 50%,” SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing this mission so all federal agencies can ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to EIT (electronic and information technology).”

SCRA is an applied research corporation that provides technology products to federal and corporate clients. SCRA has three sectors: a technology ventures sector to help early-stage companies commercialize innovations and create jobs; an applied research and development sector to manage national and international programs worth over $2 billion in contract value; and its research and development facilities sector builds and manages research facilities.

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