Accessibility at NSA
For the NSA to meet the mission of protecting US national security interests, we need to employ a workforce as diverse as America itself. By leveraging the strengths of every individual and fostering an inclusive environment, we are getting the very best that our workforce has to offer, which allows us to successfully meet the intelligence challenges of today - and tomorrow.
The Agency strives to make our workplace accessible to all employees to allow them to contribute in the fullest ways possible. One of those ways is making sure our IT platforms and web presence are accessible to people with disabilities.
NSA ICT Accessibility Standards
To help facilitate this mission, the NSA created a checklist based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which are the international standards for IT accessibility. The Agency is continuously working to meet or exceed the standards set forth in this checklist across all of its IT platforms, both internally and externally, including NSA.gov.
The NSA ICT Accessibility Standards applies to information and communications technology (ICT) procured or developed by the NSA. These standards, and the corresponding NSA ICT Accessibility Standards Scoresheet, contain technical criteria specific to various types of technologies and performance-based requirements, which focus on functional capabilities of covered products. The Scoresheet provides detailed guidance pertaining to the acceptable test criteria for each accessibility standard. Specific criteria cover software applications and operating systems, web-based information and applications, computers, mobile applications, video and multimedia, and self-contained closed products. A rating score, calculated upon completion of the NSA ICT Accessibility Standards Scoresheet, will determine the overall level of accessibility for a given ICT component.
NSA ICT Accessibility Standards and Guidance
As part of our continued mission to increase accessibility across all of the NSA's web platforms, the NSA ICT Accessibility Standards and related accessibility guidance are now available to the public at the links below:
If you have questions about accessibility at NSA, contact the Agency's IT Accessibility Program with your Section 508 inquiry.