The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced another delay in the release of the revised ADAAG regulations. OK, to be fair they didn’t call it a delay, but instead referred to it as a revised timeline.
So here’s the story so far.
In June 2008, the DOJ released the proposed ADAAG revisions, which were open for comment until August. Suffice it to say that a lot of people (myself included) commented on the changes. Originally the DOJ planned to have the final regulations published before the end of the year – all set to go into effect on January 1, 2009. But because of the volume and nature of the comments, that didn’t happen.
To further delay things, everything was put on hold after the change of administration in Washington DC. Basically the new administration had to review any changes, proposed by committees appointed by the previous administration. At that point, they hoped the regulations would be released in the early fall.
Come fall, we were informed that the newly confirmed Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights (Thomas Perez) had begun the task of completing the necessary steps for the new ADAAG to be published. It was hoped that would be done by the end of the year.
Which brings us to 2010, and the latest timeline released by the DOJ. They now expect “final action” on this pending matter to be completed by March 2010.
So at this point, I’m hoping for a St. Patrick?s Day release of the revised ADAAG. After all, I’m Irish.