The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a community of federal employees dedicated to the idea that citizens deserve clear communications from government. Plain language (also called Plain English) is communication an agency’s customers can understand the first time they read or hear it.
For federal agencies to produce documents in plain language is not just good intentions, it is the law. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires agencies to write in “clear government communication that the public can use and understand,” the website says. To help achieve that, Plain Language.gov provides tools and information to government writers that can be used to make an agency’s documents “easy to read, understand, and use.”
For supporting efforts to increase transparency in government by making documents easier to read and understand, Plain Language.gov is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
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