Accessibility

We strive to make GAO's public Web site compliant with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (as amended) which requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Although GAO is not subject to Section 508, we follow the spirit of the act consistent with GAO's duties and functions as an agency with primary responsibility to the Congress.

If you are a person with a disability and you have trouble using our Web site, please tell us about the problem. E-mail us at contact@gao.gov. We will try to address the problem as soon as possible.

Site Page Accessibility

Our site pages contain many accessibility features. For example, images on the site contain "alt tags," which help you if you listen to the content of the site with a screen reader. "Skip" links let you go directly to the main content each time a page is accessed, skipping the main navigation. We are in the process of looking at older pages to ensure their accessibility.

Audio and Video Accessibility

We provide transcripts for audio files, including our Watchdog Report podcast. Videos available here include closed captioning. We also provide transcripts for videos, starting in mid-2010.

Document Accessibility

Many documents on this site are in Portable Document Format (PDF). To use our PDF files, you may find these pages on the Adobe Web site useful:

While many of our PDFs contain structure or tags to improve their accessibility, they are not fully accessible to you with a text-only browser or screen reader. So, we provide alternative formats, HTML or accessible text, for many documents. These formats are accessible.

About Our Accessible Text Files

Our "accessible text" files include accessibility features like text descriptions of tables, consecutively numbered footnotes placed at the end of the file, and the full text of agency comment letters.

We started making accessible text files for our reports and testimonies available here in October 2003.

For text versions of documents published prior to October 2003, go to GPO Access. There you will find text versions dating from 1993.

About Our HTML Files

We started making HTML files for Comptroller General Decisions and other legal publications available here in 2001.

For HTML versions of Comptroller General Decisions and other legal publications prior to 2001, go to GPO Access. There you will find HTML versions dating from 1995.