Plain Language

Results of the 2021 Federal Report Card

This month, we get the inside story on the Center for Plain Language’s Federal Report Card.

Wednesday, December 08, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET

Hosted by Plain Language Community of Practice and

Register Add to Cal 2021-12-08 02:00 PM 2021-12-08 03:00 PM America/New_York Results of the 2021 Federal Report Card David Lipscomb from the Center for PL will review the results of this year’s Federal Plain Language Report Card and answer questions. Event Page: https:/event/2021/12/08/results-of-the-2021-federal-report-card/

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Event Details

For a decade, the Center for Plain Language has issued a yearly Report Card evaluating how well agencies follow the Plain Writing Act. These agencies were judged on organizational compliance and writing quality.

This year, the judges focused on the main Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request page and the main Coronavirus page of 21 executive branch agencies, including all 15 cabinet-level departments.


  • David Lipscomb — Director of the Writing Center and Associate Teaching Professor, Georgetown University


  • Katherine Spivey — U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Katina Stapleton — U.S. Department of Education (ED)

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. Join the Community of Practice.