Plain language makes it easier for the public to read, understand, and use government communications.Learn more
Law and requirements
Learn about the Plain Writing Act, related memoranda, and executive orders that require agencies to use plain language.
Plain language guidelines
Official writing guidelines for understanding your audience, being clear and concise, and testing your content.
November 8, 2017
Meet Annetta L. Cheek, PhD, chair and cofounder of the Center for Plain Language, and recent winner of the Christine Mowat Award for her tireless work promoting plain language. Learn about PLAIN’s history, her career in the federal government, her work lobbying for the Plain Writing Act of 2010, and where she thinks plain language is going.
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. We believe that using plain language saves federal agencies time and money and provides better service to the American public.
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