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The Plain Writing Act


Overview/Description
Target Audience
Expected Duration
Lesson Objectives
Course Number



Overview/Description
Confusing content, imprecise instructions, and unnecessarily complicated processes all cause problems for people who need to read and use government documents. The Plain Writing Act aims to address these issues by requiring executive agencies to produce documents that are easy to understand and use. This course will help you meet this requirement by introducing principles of effective composition for both paper and web content, such as analyzing your audience, organizing the presentation of information, and choosing clear words and phrases. This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Law Group of the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.

Target Audience
Employees of the Executive Branch of the US government who are responsible for creating official agency content that is published for both internal users within the agency and for external users in the public

Expected Duration (hours)
1.0

Lesson Objectives

The Plain Writing Act

  • identify what you need to know about your audience before you write
  • assess whether content adheres to principles of content organization
  • write and revise documents according to best practices for clear writing
  • identify guidelines for writing web content
  • Course Number:
    fgov_01_a30_lc_enus