Plain language makes it easier for the public to read, understand and use government communications.
The purpose of the Plain Writing Act of 2010 is “to improve the effectiveness and accountability of federal agencies to the public by promoting clear government communication that the public can understand and use.” This law changed how the government communicates with the public and all government agencies are expected to follow the requirements outlined in this regulation.
Many aspects of the Department’s programs and operations have a direct impact on the public, and it is vital that we communicate clearly and reliably. To learn how we’re implementing the Plain Writing Act, read our plain writing implementation plan.
At Interior, we are committed to:
At Interior, we will use plain language in any document that:
The following types of documents are required to be in plain language:
Interior has named Sarah Greenberger, Associate Deputy Secretary, as its Plain Language Senior Official. The Plain Language Senior Official oversees our communication with the public and ensures that it is clear, understandable, and useful in all correspondence, publications, forms, or notices issued.
We continue to look for ways to improve our work and would like to hear your feedback. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mark Purdy in the Office of the Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs at (202) 513-0705.
The Plain Writing Act requires agencies to train their staff in plain language. We offer training to our employees through DOI University and DOI Talent.
For additional training, we recommend: