VA Simplifies Claims Processing Regs to Better-Help Disabled Veterans

Posted on Dec 20, 2013

Guest Blog by William F. Russo, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, in the VA Office of the General Counsel Shortly after Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi took office in 2001, he appointed a VA Claims Processing Task Force to find ways to reduce the veterans’ disability claims backlog.  The Task Force reported …

Analysis: The High Cost of Gobbledygook

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

In an op ed originally published in Government Executive, Congressman Bruce Braley, the author of the Plain Writing Act of 2010, writes about the problems and costs of confusing government language, and about the role of the Center’s report card in addressing the issue.  Click here for full article

Plain Language Report Card

Posted on Nov 26, 2013

Reposted from Karen Baker, MHS, Senior Vice President, 11/25/2013 Plain language has been making headlines—in the world beyond health care! Last week was report card time for federal agencies. The Center for Plain Language, a nonprofit volunteer organization based in Washington, D.C., graded 20 agencies and departments for compliance with the Plain Writing Act. President …

PLAIN 2013: From Vancouver, the Future Looks Clear

Posted on Oct 15, 2013

Heading back from the biennial conference of the Plain Language Association International (which was absolutely fantastic, by the way), I found my thoughts coming back to one presentation more than any other: Neil James’s look ahead at what the next 5 years may hold for plain language.   James’s thesis is that a host of …

Ever get lost in an official or legal document?

Posted on Aug 5, 2013

In his newest column in the Legal Writing Editor ( Professor Joseph Kimble asks if there are any writers out there who think that the “mere style” of official and legal documents doesn’t matter much to readers. Are there any writers who think that attitudes toward style are all subjective and that no hard evidence …