Center for Plain Language Posts Plain Writing Act Report Card
Jul 24, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The U.S. Department of Agriculture received an "A" and the Veterans' Administration received an "F" on the first Plain Writing Act Report Card released by the Center for Plain Language, a nonprofit organization dedicated to clear communication in government, business, non-profits, and universities.
According to a release, the center gave 12 government agencies two grades---the first grade represents how well the agency followed the requirements of the Act; and the second grade reflects how well the agency followed the "spirit" of the Act.
-National Archives and Records Administration: B/C
-U.S. Department of Agriculture: A/B
-U.S. Department of Defense: B/D
-U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: C/B
-U.S. Department of Homeland Security: D/D
-U.S. Department of Justice: C/D
-U.S. Department of Labor: B/F
-U.S. Department of Transportation: C/F
-U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: F/F
-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: C/F
-U.S. Social Security Administration: C/C
-U.S. Small Business Association: C/C
The Plain Writing Act Report Card tracks the progress of how well agencies are following the Act. The author of the Act, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01), spoke on the telephone news briefing where the report card grades results were released.
"Unless federal agencies are held accountable, they won't implement the changes required by the Plain Writing Act," Rep. Braley said. "The mixed results of the first-ever Plain Language Report Card show that we still have a long way to go to make government forms and documents simpler and easier for taxpayers to understand. Some federal agencies have embraced the Plain Writing Act, and others haven't. Until these grades are all A-plus, we're going to keep holding bureaucrats' feet to the fire."
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