Access for Persons with Disabilities

We believe that the FederalRegister.gov web site is compliant with Section 508 and W3C accessibility design guidelines. This web site also functions as a portal to Federal Register publications and services on the GPOaccess.gov and Archives.gov web sites, which have accessibility policies of their own. In addition, this site contains daily postings of Federal Register documents on public inspection. The electronic Public Inspection Desk provides users an with accessible format for public inspection documents, through Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, which are text-accessible through the use of Adobe PDF Tools. See more about Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF Files below.

In some cases, Federal agencies submit paper-only versions of Federal Register documents, which must be converted into electronic form for publication in the Federal Register. Scanning or re-keying paper-only submissions may be time-consuming, and if a document must be placed on file immediately, the OFR may create an image-based PDF document for public inspection online.

Similarly, illustrations and some tabular material included in Federal Register documents must be photo-scanned into the published edition of the Federal Register. Those illustrations may appear in public inspection files PDF image-only items or pages, or as TIFF (.tif) image files.

The OFR and GPO are committed to assisting people with disabilities in any feasible manner, including voice description and other equivalent facilitation, in accordance with the electronic and information technology standards of 36 CFR part 1194. Users should bear in mind that the Electronic Public Inspection Desk provides a preview of Federal Register documents, most of which are published in the Federal Register the next business day or soon thereafter. Documents published in the daily Federal Register appear not only as PDF files, but also as screen-reader-enabled HTML/Text files, which may be more accessible to some users. A link to the daily Federal Register appears on the home page of FederalRegister.gov.

If you are a person with a disability and you encounter barriers to accessibility on this web site, please contact Customer Service staff of the Federal Register for assistance at 202-741-6000, 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).

In addition, if you encounter barriers to accessibility on this site or any of our other GPO Access web pages, you may also direct questions, comments, and/or recommendations to the Contact Center, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays).

More information about Section 508 can be found on: http://www.section508.gov.

Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF Files

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