Dealing with the “dumb down” dinosaur, or how to enlighten the ignorant without losing your job.

Posted on May 5, 2014 in Advocacy, Government, Healthcare, Legal, Plain Writing Laws

It continues to shock me that in the year 2014 I still hear people say, “Oh, you want to dumb down my writing” when the subject of plain language comes up.

My reaction is…

FDA celebrates Plain Writing Act

Is your peanut butter safe?  Is it safe to order drugs online?  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates products that we use everyday – food, human and animal drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, vaccines, tobacco – the list sometimes seems endless. The FDA shares information about these products every day, so it’s essential […]

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

Report finds mixed progress on plain language The first review since agencies were required to create plans for cutting the “bureaucrat-ese” from their dealings with the public found mixed results at many agencies. The Center for Plain Language, a group that advocates for clear writing in government documents, released a scorecard this week marking agency progress meeting […]

Who makes the grade? Plain language report cards for federal agencies

USDA Gets an “A;” VA Gets an “F” on First Plain Writing Act Report Card Released Today by the Center for Plain Language Rep. Braley and the Center for Plain Language Release Report Card Grades at Telephone News Briefing   Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture received an “A” and the Veterans’ Administration […]

Federal agencies to receive grades on their adherence to the Plain Writing Act

How well are federal agencies adhering to the Plain Writing Act? The Center for Plain Language is issuing a “report card” grading several federal agencies on how well they are implementing the Act. The results will be released at a telephone news briefing on Thursday, July 19, 12 noon, featuring Rep. Bruce Braley (IA), the […]