Using Plain Language in the Federal Government
The Plain Language Action & Information Network (PLAIN) is a government-wide group of volunteers working to improve communications from the federal government to the public. We believe better communication will increase trust in government, reduce government costs, and reduce the burden on the public.
People should understand what we write the first time they read it, especially materials that tell people how to obtain benefits or comply with requirements. This website contains many resources to help writers achieve the goal of clear communication. If you want more information about us, or if your agency needs our assistance, contact us.
Federal Plain Language Guidelines a guidance document from the Federal Plain Language Action and Information Network.
The Office of the Federal Register strongly supports plain language in their Document Drafting Handbook and other documents . Here are some important links to the Register's site. There are more Federal Register links in the Reference Library.
Guidelines for Using Layout and Typography to Create Effective Emphasis, from the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), is especially useful for letters.
Plain language regulations, evaluated by top Federal regulatory experts.