Marina Fox, the General Services Administration’s DotGov domain services manager, said during the Government Analytics Breakfast Forum that the GSA intends to launch an artificial intelligence-based solicitation analysis tool in September, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Fox noted that the agency plans to conduct final assessments for the Solicitation Review Tool, which analyzes federal agency solicitations for Section 508 compliance, by July.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 mandates the federal government consider accessibility issues when procuring information technology and electronic systems. According to Fox, agencies often overlook Section 508 compliance when implementing their own procedures for writing solicitations.
GSA began work on the open-source review platform in 2016 and started piloting the tool in 2018. The agency is developing another version of the platform to provide corrective recommendations for solicitations.