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Since I had a chance to write an associate today about updated 508 Refresh timing I thought I would share an update on the current track:

The Access Board recently submitted to Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) the Draft NPRM for Section 508.  That submission occurred on February 23rd, 2014.   OIRA has 90 days to review the proposed regulation and then approve or reject it.  While possible, we deem it highly unlikely that OIRA will reject the NPRM at this stage of definition and after two ANPRM drafts. That means OIRA has until May 24th, 2014 to approve or reject the NPRM draft.

Thereafter the NPRM would still need to be submitted to and published in the Federal Register to open the formal comment period.   We believe the Access Board will (already has) request expedited publishing of the NPRM in the Federal Register.  That would mean the updated NPRM is likely to be available within a few days after OIRA approval.   Given all that we expect we would have the NPRM in hand by the end of May.