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Katherine Spivey

GSA | Washington D.C.
katherine.spivey@gsa.gov

Katherine Spivey is the General Services Administration (GSA)’s Plain Language Launcher and co-chair of the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN).

https://www.plainlanguage.gov

News and Events

User Experience

How Testing Your Documents Can Improve Plain Language Compliance

Come work with Dr. Ginny Redish and learn three techniques for quick, easy ways to test documents’ usability.
Apr 14, 2021
Plain Language

Plain Language: Accessibility for Content

Learn what the plain language and accessibility communities share: opportunities to help people get and understand information. Find out what you can do to help.
Mar 10, 2021
Video

Virtual Teaching: Plain Language

Come and learn how to keep students engaged and focused during an online class.
Feb 10, 2021
Plain Language Report Card

2020 Federal Report Card Briefing

David Lipscomb will review the results of the 2020 Federal Report Card
Jan 13, 2021
Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Sep 10, 2020
Plain Language

Plain Language Basics: Online Workshop

Take this three-hour online workshop to learn how to write and edit in plain language.
Aug 11, 2020
Plain Language

Federal Report Card Update

Learn how the Center for Plain Language is approaching the Federal Report Card and what agencies can do to get top grades.
Jul 15, 2020
Accessibility

The Intersection Between Plain Language and 508 Compliance

We’ll discuss how plain language intersects with 508 compliance requirements to make federal electronic documents and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
Apr 15, 2020
Plain Language

Readability Audits of Government Websites with Katherine Spivey

In this meeting, we’ll talk about readability audits and formulas and how they work—and don’t work—to improve web content and the users’ experience.
Mar 11, 2020
Video

SocialGov Winter Meeting

Join us for talks by colleagues from NIST, IRS, USPTO, PlainLanguage.gov, and DC HSEMA who will speak on the latest social media topics and an opportunity to do some in-person networking.
Jan 14, 2020
Plain Language

Federal Plain Language Report Card Planning

Come and help us plan for this year’s federal report card review.
Jul 10, 2019
Video

How to Develop an Agency Brand Voice That Connects With Customers Online

Come join the Plain Language community on the 12th of June and learn how to develop an agency brand voice!
Jun 12, 2019
Video

Principles of Speaking Plainly

This seminar adapts principles of plain language to the context of speaking, covering not only wording but also structure and integration with visual aids.
Apr 10, 2019