[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 143 (Thursday, July 27, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 34852-34853]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-15823]



22 CFR Part 147

[Public Notice: 10027]
RIN 1400-AE42

Electronic and Information Technology

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This rule provides a correction to a hyperlink included in the 
Section 508 implementing rule for the Department of State (the 
Department). The hyperlink takes the reader to a form that can be used 
by an employee or a member of the public to report accessibility issues 
to the Department, regarding its electronic and information technology.

DATES: This rule is effective on August 28, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alice Kottmyer, Attorney-Adviser, 202-
647-2318, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 508 requires that when Federal 
departments and agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic 
and information technology, they shall ensure that the electronic and 
information technology is accessible to individuals with disabilities. 
The Department's implementing regulations, in 22 CFR part 147, were 
published in 2016. Due to a re-configuration of Web site assets within 
the Department, the hyperlink included in Sec.  147.7(c) for the DS-
4282 (Discrimination Complaint Form), is no longer valid. This 
rulemaking corrects the link.
    The Department is preparing a more comprehensive update to Part 
147, which will align its rule with the final rule published by the 
Access Board (see 82 FR 5790); and to parts 142 and 144

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(implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), to update 
terminology consistent with modern practice. For those interested in 
tracking, the RIN for the Department's ``508 refresh'' is 1400-AE35; 
for Section 504, it is 1400-AE03.

Regulatory Analyses

    The Department of State is publishing this rulemaking as a final 
rule, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b). This rulemaking is a rule of agency 
organization, procedure, or practice. The effective date of the rule is 
30 days after publication, as provided in the Administrative Procedure 
    The Department further finds that this is not a major rule; is not 
subject to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995; will not have 
tribal implications as defined by Executive Order 13175; and will not 
have an impact on a substantial number of small entities under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. This rule is not an economically 
significant rule under Executive Order 12866, and the Department 
certifies that the benefits of this rulemaking outweigh any costs, 
which are minimal for the public. The Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs has designated this rule as ``non-significant'', as 
defined by Executive Order 12866. As this rule is not a significant 
regulatory action, this rule is exempt from the requirements of 
Executive Order 13771, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs.'' See OMB Memorandum M-17-21, ``Guidance Implementing Executive 
Order 13771'' of April 5, 2017.
    The Department of State has reviewed this rule in light of 
Executive Order 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, minimize litigation, 
establish clear legal standards, and reduce burden. This rule will not 
have substantial direct effect on the states, on the relationships 
between the national government and the states, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. 
Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, it is determined 
that this rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to 
require consultations or warrant the preparation of a federalism 
summary impact statement.
    The information collection referred to in this rulemaking has been 
approved by OMB. (OMB Control No. 1405-0220).

List of Subjects in 22 CFR Part 147

    Civil rights, Communications equipment, Computer technology, 
Government employees, Individuals with disabilities, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Telecommunications.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 22 CFR part 147 is 
amended as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 147 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  22 U.S.C. 2651a; 29 U.S.C. 794, 794d; 36 CFR part 

Sec.  147.7   [Amended]

2. Amend Sec.  147.7 in paragraph (c) by removing ``https://eforms.state.gov/searchform.aspx '' and adding in its place ``https://eforms.state.gov/Forms/ds4282.PDF ''.

Janet Freer,
Director, Office of Directives Management, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2017-15823 Filed 7-26-17; 8:45 am]