It has never been easier to obtain products and services under GSA schedules. GSA is modernizing federal acquisition by consolidating the existing 24 Schedules into one single Schedule for products, services, and solutions – GSA MAS. This will provide consistency in the program for all stakeholders, make it easier for customers to find total solutions under one contract vehicle, ensure terms and conditions meet the needs of customers, and eliminate duplicate contracts. The end result is more comprehensive and solution-oriented offerings for our customers, who will no longer have to search multiple GSA schedules to find a complete solution and can work with the Vendor of their choice. We will continue to offer products and services as a GSA MAS prime contract holder to the high degree of quality and timeliness our customers are familiar with. For more information on purchasing through our GSA MAS schedule, please contact a representative or refer to our GSA e-library listing in the document below. As the consolidation process continues, we will update the information on this site accordingly. For questions about the GSA consolidation, click here.
Quiet Professional’s Section 508 Notice
On 8/7/98 the President signed into law the Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998. They significantly expanded and strengthened the technology access requirements in Section 508. On 4/18/01 the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) was revised to implement Section 508 as required by law. The FAR now requires all Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) developed, procured, maintained or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. The regulation impacts acquisitions of EIT effective 6/25/01.
The Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program awards indefinite quantity contracts for use by all federal agencies, and under the revised FAR, must provide accessibility information to federal agencies. This information must indicate which supplies and services the contractors indicate as compliant with the accessibility standards and show where full details of compliance can be found, such as a contractor’s website. When issuing orders against Schedule contracts agencies must ensure the supplies and services meet applicable accessibility standards unless an exemption applies.
The definition of EIT and the accessibility standards were developed by the Access Board. These standards, requirement exceptions, the FAR rule and a wealth of other information regarding the Federal IT Accessibility Initiative can be found at www.section508.gov. The accessibility standards also can be found at 36 CFR Part 1194.
When purchasing EIT agencies must conduct market research to determine what level of Section 508 compliance exists in the commercial EIT marketplace.
Quiet Professionals will provide agencies with all information available regarding compliance with accessibility standards, partial compliance or what accessibility features are offered on products and services provided by Quiet Professionals. Quiet Professionals is in the process of identifying each product or service with Section 508 information available. This Section 508 information will be contained in this section of this website. Quiet Professionals is reliant on many suppliers/manufacturers of products, including Section 508 information, and will refer inquiries to the appropriate supplier/manufacturer for the most current Section 508 information.
The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT®, is a tool used to document a product’s conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The purpose of the VPAT is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial “Electronic and Information Technology” products and services with features that support accessibility.
Quiet Professional’s Section 508 point of contact is Elise Bryant, firstname.lastname@example.org.