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					Overview of the Access Board
    Rulemaking Process
 Overview of the Access Board
• 25 members

• 13 public members appointed by the
  President for four year terms

• 12 Federal members from various Federal
 Overview of the Access Board
• $6 million budget
• 28 employees
• 3 organizational units
  • Office of the Executive Director
  • General Counsel
  • Technical and Information Services
 Overview of the Access Board
• Guidelines and standards development
  •   Architectural Barriers Act of 1968
  •   Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  •   Telecommunications Act of 1996
  •   Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1998
• Technical assistance and training
• Research
• Compliance and enforcement
 Required Rulemaking Process
• Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
  • Published in Federal Register
  • Public comment period
• Final Rule
  • Published in Federal Register
• Office of Management and Budget
       Our Rulemaking Process

• Extensive public input and involvement
• Base on consensus where possible
  • Information meetings
  • Advisory committees
  • Regulatory negotiation committees
• Use of draft rules
   Rulemaking in Development
• Outdoor Developed Areas
  • Trails, camping facilities, picnic areas, beach access
    routes (NPRM)

• Passenger Vessel Accessibility Guidelines
  • Ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats (2 nd draft)

• Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines
  • Sidewalks, street crossings, on-street parking,
    pedestrian signals (2nd draft)
    Rulemaking in Development
•   Transportation Vehicles (1st draft)
•   Technology Revision and Update
•   Emergency Transportable Housing
•   Communications Update
Passenger Vessels Rulemaking
• 1998 – Passenger Vessel Access Advisory
• 2000 – Passenger Vessel Access Advisory
  Committee report completed
• 2004 – ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines
  finalized (NFPA 72)
• November 26, 2004 – first draft of Passenger
  Vessel Accessibility Guidelines (PVAG) made
  available for public comment (NFPA 72)
Passenger Vessels Rulemaking
• November 10, 2005 – information meeting
  on emergency alarms held with vessel
  industry and advocates
• July 7, 2006 – second draft of PVAG for
  public comment – principles of best
  practice replaced reference to NFPA 72
• August 13, 2007 – Advisory Committee
           Access Board’s
         Rulemaking Authority

• New construction and alterations

• Guidelines not enforceable until adopted
  by standard setting agency
            Fixed Elements
• Access Board’s authority only extends to
  the fixed items and equipment of a facility
  (i.e., items and equipment fixed to the
  facility through bolts, plumbing, or other
  structural elements)

• Department of Justice and Department of
  Transportation have authority over non-
  fixed or free-standing equipment

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