The ServiceNow Sponsor Committee meets this week.
ITCHE clarified that DIR’s published comment about SB 20 not affecting IHE purchasing from DIR is related only to those sections (sec 15 and 16 in SB 20).
I distributed a spreadsheet last week showing the DIR report of the EIR Accessibility Coordinators (EIRACs) of record for all agencies. Please take a moment to review the information shown for your agency.
The next CIO Council will be held on October 20th. Who is interested in hosting this event?
Jeff Kline, DIR Statewide EIR Accessibility Program Director, sent the following note to ITCHE late last week:
From: Lainey Feingold <LF@LFLegal.com>
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:06 PM
To: Lainey Feingold
Subject: No more excuses: ADA already requires web access
Today the U.S. Department of Justice filed “Statements of Interest” in cases against Harvard and MIT filed by the National Association of the Deaf. The lawsuits allege that the universities failed to caption online video content and that the failure violated the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitiation Act. The DOJ documents support NAD’s position. The universities argued that the court should throw the cases out of court because the ADA and 504 don’t cover websites. The schools also argued that the court should wait for the Title III web regulations. The DOJ couldn’t have written a stronger brief (one in each case). The ADA already covers websites. There is no need to wait for regulations. This is not the first time the DOJ has reminded us all that the ADA already covers websites, just the most recent. For other DOJ activity, see the digital access legal update I wrote in March at: ADA link. Another update coming soon.
Here are the links to today’s legal filings:
DOJ Statement of Interest in MIT case: MIT Link
DOJ Statement of Interest in Harvard case: Harvard Link
Law Office of Lainey Feingold
All Universities should be prepared to participate in the EDUCAUSE Core Data project. Our participation enables TAMUS Universities to maintain an IHE waiver from providing data required of other State agencies.
System-Wide Contracting News
The RFP responses for Member governance will continued to be reviewed this week.
The RFI responses for the Maestro RFI will continued to be reviewed this week.
The RFP for a Digital COE is being reviewed by OGC.
TAMUS is finalizing the amendment to engage SolutionsPlus to provide RFP evaluation assistance for the Banner Services RFP.
Siteimprove checks web pages, every five days, for spelling, grammar, broken links, and accessibility. The cost is 54 cents per web page per year. Any Members interested in adding this service need to contact me directly.
The System-wide agreement with Cisco WebEx allows Members to purchase licenses for their entire faculty/administrators at the low cost of $1.44/month/license.
Syncplicity licensing is available for all Members.
The Pre-Proposal Conference for the RFP related to the implementation of Workday was held last Friday, June 26th. The Request for Proposal (RFP) has been posted on the Electronic State Business Daily (ESBD) which can be found by clicking on the following link: Workday RFP.
TAMU received a fourth proposal from the component #1 vendor (data center build out). The evaluation of the second component (compute and storage) and third components (IT services) will commence in July.
Utilities & Energy Services is working with Engineering to serve as the pilot of Cisco EnergyWise.
- Austin, TX: July 2nd