In 2013, we evaluated how effectively federal departments complied with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. We graded on three distinct elements: Compliance Writing Information Design Submissions We requested that each department complete a survey about their Plain Language program. Specifically, we asked them to: Report information showing compliance with the specific requirements of the […]
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We evaluate how well federal agencies comply with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. Each year, our Federal Report Card grades federal departments within each agency and advises them how to improve. We grade federal departments on two main criteria: Compliance – Does the agency content submitted fulfill the requirements of the Plain Writing Act […]
This year the Center is taking a slightly different direction with our annual assessment of government writing: We are grading forms. Or should I say “We are grading Forms!!”—yes, this is exciting! (I don’t imagine, however, that all of the government agencies are as excited about this direction as we are at the Center).
The Federal Report Card process for 2015 is underway! Agencies are preparing their submissions for the Center’s review. This relatively new service by the Center (since 2012) continues to evolve, and this year we are making a couple of changes to the process.
First, we are reviewing two types of documents, one selected by the Center and the other selected by the agency:
Reposted from www.healthwise.org 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 […]
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 […]