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NCEI is committed to making its website accessible to the widest possible audience, including people with disabilities, in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794d).

Section 508 is a federal law that requires agencies to provide individuals with disabilities equal access to electronic information and data comparable to those who do not have disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency.

Section 508 standards are the technical requirements and criteria that are used to measure conformance within this law. More information on Section 508 and the technical standards can be found at

NCEI evaluates sites based on WCAG 2.1 AA standards, which are web accessibility guidelines that help designers, developers, and writers make web content more accessible for individuals with disabilities. Implementing these guidelines makes our websites more compatible with screen readers, screen magnifiers, and speech recognition tools. NCEI follows universal design principles to ensure our websites are flexible and adaptable for all users. 

NOAA Section 508 Program Manager

Name: Allison Soussi-Tanani


If you have difficulty accessing information on this site, particularly if using assistive technology including screen readers, eye tracking devices, or voice recognition software, please email with the following information:

  • URL (web address) of the material you tried to access
  • The problem you experienced
  • Your contact information

We will contact you as soon as possible to address the issue.

File An Official Complaint

You can file an administrative complaint with the NOAA Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights requesting that existing information and communication technology be reviewed and brought into compliance with the provisions of Section 508.

To file a complaint, contact the Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights with complaints:


Building SSMC4, Suite 7500
1305 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Email, Phone, or Fax

OICR phone number, email address, and fax number
Voice: 301-713-0500 or 800-452-6728
Fax: 301-713-0983

You can find out more information on NOAA's OICR on their official NOAA web page.

NOAA employees can access NOAA's Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equality Suggestion Box through the Office of Inclusion and Civil Rights internal web page.

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations

NOAA’s Office of Human Capital Services (OHCS) organized the Reasonable Accommodation Program for all NOAA customers. The NOAA Reasonable Accommodation Program is prepared to provide guidance to NOAA supervisors and employees on inquiries or requests regarding reasonable accommodation. Contact the Reasonable Accommodation Office at

Public information on NOAA's RA Program is available on the Reasonable Accommodation page.

Reasonable accommodations for NOAA employees and job applicants are available through NOAA's Office of Human Capital Services. Information on NOAA's RA process for NOAA employees can be found on the OHCS internal site.

Telecommunications Relay Services Available

NOAA's Telecommunication Relay Services
If you’re deaf or hard-of-hearing, you can request an interpreter for a meeting or event through the Sign Language Interpreting Services program. This program is managed by the NOAA Workplace Relations Division and our service provider that offers a web-based interpreter scheduling system that’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To start the process visit the internal NOAA's Telecommunication Relay Services.

A list of services outside of NOAA
List of TRS services (

DEIA Policy Resources

NOAA's ultimate goal is to not only embrace these concepts, but ensure they are fully integrated into the agency's business practices and more importantly its organizational culture.

Suggested 3rd-Party Plugins

Some content on this and other NOAA websites may require use of a 3rd-party plugin to view. Links to these plugins are listed below. Please note these are non-government sites and NOAA does not endorse these products nor is this a complete list of plugins you might encounter. They're listed only for your convenience. Please direct questions about each tool to the respective vendor.