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About

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of federal employees from different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing. Originally called the Plain English Network, PLAIN has been meeting informally since the mid 1990s.

Our goal is to promote the use of plain language for all government communications. We believe that using plain language will save federal agencies time and money and provide better service to the American public.

To promote plain language, we:

We meet monthly to discuss plain language issues. Our meetings are open to all federal employees. Subscribe to our mailing list to learn about upcoming events.

Please contact us if you have questions about how to promote plain language within your agency.

Our officers

Kathryn Catania

Co-chair

Chief, Plain Language and Content Division, Office of Communications
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Katherine Spivey

Co-chair

Web Content/Social Media Manager, Plain Language Launcher
General Services Administration

Miriam Vincent

Web manager

Staff Attorney, Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration

Wendy Wagner-Smith

Training coordinator

Senior Writer and Editor, Office of Financial Research
Department of the Treasury

About the site

This site launched in 1994, and was redesigned in 2004 with volunteers from PLAIN and student work facilitated by Thom Haller.

In 2017, we partnered with 18F to redesign the site and make it more accessible in modern browsers. plainlanguage.gov is built with the U.S. Web Design Standards and is hosted on Federalist by the General Services Administration.

We are continuing to improve the site and welcome your feedback.