Bill directing agencies to use 'plain' language advances
By Joe Davidson, The Post's Federal Diary columnist:
Uncle Sam can make things so convoluted that Congress has approved a bill requiring him to be plainspoken.
The legislation, which passed the House and Senate this week, directs agencies to train employees on how to write plainly and appoints a "plain writing" official to oversee implementation of the measure.
Plain writing is defined as "writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience."
That's going to require a huge change in practice for many agencies.
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), the bill's sponsor, said that "writing government documents in plain language will increase government accountability and will save Americans time and money. Plain, straightforward language makes it easy for taxpayers to understand what the federal government is doing and what services it is offering."
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| September 30, 2010; 4:46 PM ET
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