Plain Writing Act of 2010: Agency Requirements


The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires the federal government [executive branch] to write all new publications, forms, and publicly distributed documents in a “clear, concise, well-organized” manner.


You must write new (or substantially revised) documents that the public uses to apply for benefits, file taxes, access government information and services and explain how to comply with a federal requirement in plain language.

Documents include but aren’t limited to:

  • Public websites
  • Information that’s accessed by the public through the Web, including new media
  • Letters and correspondence to the public
  • Forms and applications for services or information
  • Hard-copy and electronic information intended for the public
  • New and substantially revised regulations must be written in plain language according to Executive Orders 12866 and 12988.



Review the Writing for the Web/Plain Language page.


Content Lead: Andrea Sigritz
Page Reviewed/Updated: September 17, 2012

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