508 COMPLIANCE, ADA & WCAG 2.1
HIRING: Blind Workers Test Limitations of Online Hiring Systems. Hard Rock Cafe. GameStop. Dart Container. Albertsons. What do the theme-restaurant chain, gaming retailer, foam cup maker, and grocery store chain have in common? All are accused of having online job application systems that blind workers can’t access fully. And all four companies face lawsuits in California federal court alleging discrimination against blind and visually impaired job seekers at the very outset of the job search process. And they’re not alone. Since April, seven other employers have similarly been sued under California law in state court. The cases draw attention to “huge” problems for many visually impaired Americans: accessing online job sites and unemployment, the American Foundation for the Blind’s Megan Dodd told Bloomberg Law. Read more
APPLE: Sued Over Claims Website is Inaccessible to Visually Impaired Users. Apple has become the target of a new lawsuit, one that claims the iPhone producer’s website is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by not being fully accessible to blind or visually-impaired consumers, due to the way the website itself is coded. Read more
AGILE: How USCIS Ensures Section 508 Compliance in Agile Development. Many people ask how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) ensures Section 508 compliance in Agile projects – especially when Section 508 testing is still largely manual. The short answer is that they do this the same way they ensure the code works or that it meets security requirements: they test. And they do this as early in the process as possible. Then, they do whatever else works. Read more
POLICY & ISSUES: 19 State AGs Write Sessions Sharing CUNA’s ADA Concerns. Attorneys General from nineteen states have written Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for clarity about how the Americans With Disabilities Act applies to websites. Several of the attorneys general signed onto the letter as a direct result of advocacy by state credit union leagues. CUNA continues its work to find a solution on the regulatory and legislative arenas, as uncertainty over how the ADA applies to websites has led to lawsuits against credit unions. Read more
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IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.
BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.