The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is an unfunded working 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:
- develop and maintain the content of this site
- manage the plain language community of practice
- offer free half-day training sessions to federal agencies
- sponsor occasional seminars about plain language
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.
We can only accept volunteer help from federal government employees. We are unable to approve membership requests from or accept assistance from international governments.
Katina Rae Stapleton
Education Research Analyst, Institute of Education Sciences
U.S. Department of Education
Web Content/Social Media Manager, Plain Language Launcher
General Services Administration
Staff Attorney, Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration
Chief, Engagements Branch U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
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.