On Thursday, September 5th, 2019, the federal Plain Language community brought together some of the brightest individuals involved in government communications for a one-day series of talks and conversations on how to advance plain language in government communications.
We believe the public deserves plain language communication from its government, and it’s the law. The benefits of plain language are both tangible and intangible:
- Plain language gets your message across in the shortest time possible.
- More people are able to understand your message.
- There is less chance that your document will be misunderstood, so you spend less time explaining it to people. And if your document gives instructions, your readers are more likely to understand them and follow them correctly.
Our Plain Agenda
|9:00am||Welcome from Federal Plain Language Community of Practice, Co-Chairs - Katherine Spivey, GSA and Kathryn Catania, USCIS|
|9:15am||Welcome from GSA’s Senior Plain Language Official|
|9:25am - 9:30am||PLAIN training update - Jamie Stark, USCIS|
|9:25am - 10:00am||Health Literacy - Cynthia Baur|
|10:00am - 10:15am||Break|
|10:15am - 11:15am||Science Panel - Jana Goldman and Susanna Murley|
|11:15am - 11:45am||Plain UX — John Whalen|
|11:45am - 12:50pm||Break for Lunch|
|1:00pm - 1:45pm||International Plain Language Standards — Annetta Cheek|
|1:45pm - 2:30pm||Center for Plain Language Federal Report Card — David Lipscomb|
|2:30pm - 3:00pm||Customer Experience - Camille Tucker|
|3:00pm - 3:15pm||Wrap Up & Closing - Kathryn Catania, USCIS and Katherine Spivey, GSA|
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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.
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