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Today at the US Access Board’s meeting in Washington DC, the Board voted to approve and forward the final rule text and preamble of the ICT Standards and Guidelines (aka the Section 508 Refresh) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review prior to publishing in the Federal Register. The vote gives OMB staff authority to make non-substantive changes. In addition, the final regulatory assessment will be forwarded to all Board members once it has been received.  Health and Human Services was the only Board member to abstain from voting, all others voted yes to the rulemaking. The proceedings will be recorded in the 2016 Board book of the US Access Board.

OMB has 90 days to review/approve the rulemaking and then it will be published within days to the Federal Register – likely in late December.  Six months after that it will go into effect (end of June timeframe).