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OMB Finalizes Plain Writing Law

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The Office of Management and Budget is finalizing its plan to Implement the Plain Writing Act of 2010, which aims to cut back on verbose and overly complex federal communication.

The new guidelines  enable agencies to train employees on plain writing, meeting the deadlines and implementing the law.

In the plan, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Cass Sunstein said when implemented appropriately, plain writing will help an agency achieve its mission better by improving service to the public.

In the plan’s document it calls for providing an incentive to promote the use of plain writing, engaging and collaborating with the public and determining performance goals to measure progress.

A July 13 deadline for the agency requires it to have communicated the act to all employees and trained them in plain writing, established an oversight process for the law within the agency and publish the agency’s plan for compliance with the law online using plain language.

A deadline of October 13 requires plain writing for documents necessary for obtaining tax forms, information about any government service, or any documents explaining how to comply with federal requirements.

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