Panel of Experts to Discuss Challenges in Section 508 Implementation

Deque Press ReleaseEvent to be held Wednesday June 4, 2014, 8:30 AM at the National Press Club in Washington D.C

May 12, 2014 – Herndon, VA – Deque Systems is presenting a panel of government and industry experts to discuss the challenges of building a successful 508 program as well as some innovative approaches to executing that program. The panel will be moderated by Mark Lumer, the former Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command with over 30 years of experience working for the Federal Government.

True 508 compliance among federal agencies is not yet a reality. In the past, contractors and federal agencies have let these requirements slip or had them waived, but it is increasingly clear that federal agencies are not willing to continue to accept this lax approach to 508 compliance. According to Deque CEO Preety Kumar,  “As our society becomes more and more dependent on web and mobile access, Section 508 compliance is being taken very seriously by the Federal Government.”

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Angela Billups, Senior Procurement Executive, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Deborah Kaplan, Section 508 Policy Lead, Office of the CIO, Department of Health and Human Services

  • Ronald Smith, Procurement Director, Airbus Group

  • Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque Systems and digital accessibility thought leader

Panelists will discuss the tools and expertise required to assure your Federal Government clients that you can deliver digital content and applications accessibly, efficiently, and to 508 specifications. Join us on Wednesday, June 4th at 8:30am at the National Press Club for what is sure to be an enlightening panel.

About the Moderator

Mark J. Lumer was the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command (SMDC), with offices in Huntsville, Alabama; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Frederick, Maryland, Falls Church, Virginia and Kwajalein Missile Range in the Marshall Islands. As the Director of Contracts, he oversaw over $15 billion in active contracts, annual expenditures of about $2.5 billion and a staff of approximately 110. Mr. Lumer was a member of the Senior Executive Service and the Army Acquisition Corps, with Level III certifications (the highest possible) in both Contracting and Program Management. He was a member of the Army Acquisition Governance Board.

About Deque Systems

Founded in 1999, Deque Systems has paved the way for digital equality both from the user and technology perspectives. Deque has developed a uniquely robust suite of software tools that include WorldSpace, FireEyes, and Amaze. A thought leader in digital accessibility software and services, Deque was awarded the Computerworld 21st Century Achievement Award for Innovation for the Amaze technology, and the company has been recognized in the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for four years running. Learn more at

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