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GSA offers accessibility training

The General Services Administration is offering free technical training for Webmasters who are responsible for making their agency World Wide Web pages accessible to people with disabilities.

GSA's Federal IT Accessibility Initiative (FITAI) is responsible for the governmentwide coordination of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1998, which requires agencies to make all electronic equipment and information systems, including Web sites, accessible to people with disabilities.

GSA has set July 26 as the deadline for agencies to make accessible their principal Web pages, typically the home page, as well as the site's top 20 Web pages, as measured by traffic volume.

FITAI is offering the free half-day Web Accessibility Training Program starting May 31. It also will be broadcast on June 27 and July 5 to field locations with satellite downlink capability. For additional information and to register, go to www.itpolicy.gsa.gov/cita.

OPM studies IT pay

The Office of Personnel Management this month asked agencies for work force data to support its special pay study on government information technology workers.

OPM may establish special rate schedules for categories of IT workers that are difficult to recruit or retain. In establishing special rates, OPM considers such things as staffing data, including vacancy rates and quit rates, as well as salary data and the impact of staffing problems on an agency's mission. The OPM study will focus primarily on the GS-334 (computer specialist) series of jobs but may include other occupational series such as those in the GS-1550 (computer science) series. OPM wants the data organized by skill category using the new 11 specialty titles for IT workers that some agencies are currently testing.

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