Do you speak plainly?

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This topic contains 11 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by  Jeff S 8 years, 1 month ago.

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  • #164597

    Joshua Aaron DeLung
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    Once a notorious offender of obfuscation, the federal government is making strides when it comes to writing clearly.

    Check out these tips we’ve put together on plain language for government (after all, plain language is the law) websites!

    What other plain language advice do you have? What are some of the best (and worst) examples you’ve seen in government for plain language?

  • #164619

    Jeff S
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    Plain language will only reach my Division when we have enough retirements to move the Baby Boomers out of the way they were taught.

  • #164617

    Samuel Lovett
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    Great tips. Love this quote:

    “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.”

    Keeping it simple is about accessibility as much as anything else. Even if some government writers may feel that professorial is official, it is more useful to convey the facts in a simple way.

  • #164615

    Katherine Spivey
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  • #164613

    Joshua Aaron DeLung
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    Ha. Any chance you’d have luck getting an outside group of strategists to come in and help?

  • #164611

    Joshua Aaron DeLung
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    Absolutely. Thanks for reading.

  • #164609

    Joshua Aaron DeLung
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    Thanks, Katherine!

  • #164607

    Jeff S
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    I would say nope. We are still having issues with the mandated teleworking. First we needed a policy which they wrote that made no one eligible. I expect the same with this clear writing act. Unless it becomes a major performance issue with upper mgmt then it will get implemented.

  • #164605

    Peter G. Tuttle
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    Indubitably!!

  • #164603

    Joshua Aaron DeLung
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    Hopefully it will. In fact, the new digital government strategy that was just released provides even more requirements for agencies to meet in this area.

  • #164601

    Jay Johnson
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    I’m reading The Elements of Style (William Strunk), another ‘oldie but a goodie’ from the same time period.

  • #164599

    Mark Sullivan
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    Washington State has also had a plain talk initiative for several years:

    http://www.governor.wa.gov/priorities/plaintalk

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