In the January 2009 Memo on Transparency and Open Government, President Obama emphasized the importance of establishing “a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.” Plain writing is indispensable to achieving these goals. The Plain Writing Act of 2010 (the Act) (Public Law 111-274), which the President signed into law on October 13, 2010, calls for writing that is clear, concise, and well-organized. This memorandum provides final guidance on implementing the Act and is designed to promote the goals of the President’s Open Government Initiative.
- OMB Memo on Testing and Simplifying Federal Forms (PDF, 94 KB, 2 pages, August 2012)
- Plain Writing Act of 2010 (PDF, 153 KB, 3 pages, January 2010)
- Executive Orders 12866 and 12988
- OMB Final Guidance on Implementing the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (PDF, 269 KB, 6 pages, April 2011)
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