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
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