The Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. § 4151-57) (ABA) requires that buildings or facilities that were designed, built, altered, or leased with Federal funds be accessible for individuals with disabilities.
The Department of State’s Bureau of Administration (A) is responsible for ensuring access to the Department’s domestic facilities. The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is responsible for facilities located overseas. The Accessibility Division of the Office of Accessibility & Accommodation, Bureau of Human Resources (HR/OAA/AD), coordinates with A and OBO to address issues. Questions regarding physical access to Department buildings or facilities, should be directed to HR/OAA/AD, A, and OBO by email at FacilityAccess@state.gov.
The U.S. Access Board is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the ABA. The Access Board’s accessibility standards are available on their website at www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/buildings-and-sites/about-the-aba-standards , and information about filing a complaint may be found at www.access-board.gov/aba-enforcement/file-a-complaint .