Accessibility: Access for Persons with Disabilities
The eRulemaking Program is committed to providing access to the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) for all persons with disabilities and to meet this commitment,
the Program has taken the following actions:
- FDMS.gov strives to be fully compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 requires that persons with disabilities have access to and use of
information and data comparable to the information available to members of the public who are not persons with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the
- FDMS.gov automatically processes a variety of documents received in the FDMS system through an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) rendering service to increase the
accessibility of documents that are submitted in a non-accessible format. The success of this rendering service varies across documents. FDMS has implemented this tool in order
to increase document accessibility to the greatest extent possible based on volume and source of the documents received.
If you experience difficulty using or accessing information on FDMS.gov, or if you want to request a document that you are not able to fully access, please contact the FDMS.gov
helpdesk at 1-877-378-5457 (toll free) Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. EST for assistance. You may also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The documents in FDMS.gov utilize multiple file formats. Below is a list that will help you identify which software downloads are needed to view different file
extensions. If you require a file format other than those currently provided or experience accessibility issues, please contact the FDMS.gov helpdesk.
HTML documents can be viewed on a number of browsers and are usually in text format.
These are text files that will be displayed on Notepad, an accessory that comes with the Microsoft Windows Operating System. TXT files can also be viewed on any
window-based document reader.
For viewing and printing PDF documents.
For viewing, printing, and copying Word documents without having Microsoft Word installed. It replaces Word Viewer 2003 and previous versions.
For viewing and printing Excel workbooks without having Microsoft Excel installed. It replaces Excel Viewer 97 and previous versions.
For viewing full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.
This site is best viewed with the following browsers on a PC:
- Internet Explorer (IE) 8.0 or higher
- Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher
A Mac will support Safari in addition to the browsers supported on a PC.
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template® (VPAT®)
"The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT®, is a tool used to document a product's conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the
Rehabilitation Act. The purpose of the VPAT is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial
"Electronic and Information Technology" products and services with features that support accessibility." (source: http://www.itic.org/public-policy/accessibility)
To view the
Voluntary Product Accessibility Template ® for FDMS.gov please use the link below: FDMS.gov VPAT®