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DHS 'aces' plain writing report; State, Interior score 'incompletes'

The Center for Plain Language issued its annual plain language report cards Tuesday, with the Homeland Security Department, Social Security Administration and Security Exchange Commission earning top scores.

Tags: Plain Writing Act of 2010 , Center for Plain Language , Kath Straub , Dave Loebsack , DHS , SSA , SEC , State Department , Interior Department , Education Department , best practices

Tuesday - 01/27/2015, 06:16pm EST

In Depth interviews - July 20

On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to the interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day and links to additional resources.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , plain language , Tim McManus , Partnership for Public Service , Center for Plain Language , J. David Patterson

Saturday - 07/21/2012, 01:34am EDT

Report finds mixed progress on plain language

A new report details mixed progress on a law requiring agencies to write using plain language when dealing with the public. The Center for Plain Language awarded the Agriculture Department an "A" for its efforts, the highest score of 12 large agencies and departments it surveyed. The Veterans Affairs Department, however, earned an "F" for its mostly incomplete progress.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , plain language , Plain Writing Act , USDA , VA , management

Friday - 07/20/2012, 09:28pm EDT

One year after Plain Language Act, agencies still have 'long way to go'

Generally there has been a trend toward fewer convoluted, passive sentences, said Annetta Cheek, the chair of the Center for Plain Language.

Tags: Center for Plain Language , management , best practices , In Depth

Thursday - 10/13/2011, 04:41pm EDT

Awards honor best, worst in government speak

"Easy-reading" and "federal documents" usually don't go together in the same sentence. But here's your chance to recognize an agency or contractor that does it well, and one that doesn't.

Tags: mngt , best practices , transparency , Center for Plain Language ,

Monday - 02/22/2010, 10:40am EST

DHS & HHS noted for language use

The I-94 form from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, received the Grand WonderMark Award from the Center for Plain Language for the worst and most unclear communication. Chairman Dr. Annetta Cheek tells us about the other winners and losers.

Tags: Federal Drive , newscast , Center for Plain Language , DHS , HHS , Wondermark , ClearMark

Monday - 05/03/2010, 10:50am EDT

Plain writing award open for 2011

Sure, Johnny Fed can read, but if it's not written clearly, there's room for misunderstanding. The Center for Plain Language's Dr. Annetta Cheek, tells us about this year's awards for writing.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , best practices , Center for Plain Language ,

Thursday - 01/27/2011, 10:44am EST

How to adopt a plain-language strategy at your agency

Plain language is information you can find, understand, and use. The Federal Drive talks with Annetta Cheek with the Center for Plain Language.

Tags: Federal Drive , management , best practices , Center for Plain Language ,

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 09:31am EDT