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PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD

Plain Writing Act of 2010

The Plain Writing Act 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 Jan. 21, 2009 Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.

The PCLOB is committed to writing new documents in plain language using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines. Email us at info@pclob.gov.

The PCLOB annually trains our employees. Plain language is required 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.
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.
  • The PCLOB is committed to using plain language in our public communications and correspondence.

Plain Writing Act Compliance Report

The PCLOB’s 2016 Plain Writing Act Compliance Report is now available.


Agency Designations

All PCLOB employees have completed Plain Writing Act training. The General Counsel serves as the Senior Official for Plain Writing.

Links

Plain Language Website
Plain Language Law