Summary: H.R.4992 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House amended (10/12/1988)

(Measure passed House, amended)

Telecommunications Accessibility Enhancement Act of 1988 - Directs the Administrator of General Services to issue regulations, subject to congressional oversight, to assure access to Federal departments and agencies for hearing-impaired and speech-impaired individuals, including Federal employees. Requires: (1) the employment of at least one additional operator in connection with the existing Federal relay system for users of Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDDs); (2) an evaluation, to be submitted to the Congress, of ways to increase the access of the targeted individuals to the Federal telecommunications system; (3) publication of a TDD directory of Government access numbers; and (4) adoption of a logo identifying TDD stations.

Directs the Administrator to seek to promote research into cost-reducing and improved telecommunications technologies.

Directs the Federal Communications Commission to complete its existing inquiry concerning an interstate relay system for TDD users.

Directs the Congress to establish, as soon as practicable, a policy under which Members may obtain TDDs for use by hearing-impaired or speech-impaired employees who might need them, as well as for use in communications with other individuals.