Plain Language (PWA)

Introduction

The Plain Writing Act (PWA) of 2010 requires federal agencies to write “clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.” President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing “a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration” in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.

The Access Board is committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

We need your help to comply with this Act!  Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We have assigned staff to oversee our plain language efforts:

  • James Raggio, General Counsel, Plain Language Contact

We’re training our employees and have strengthened our oversight process.  We must use plain language in any document that:

  • is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
  • provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
  • explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

Please let us know if we haven’t written a document in plain language:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are required to report on our progress and compliance with the Act by July 13, 2011.

PWA Contact:

James Raggio, General Counsel
U.S. Access Board
1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC  20004
202-272-0040 (voice)
202-272-0081 (fax)