Center for Plain Language Issues Second Annual Report Cards

The Center for Plain Language issued their second annual “report cards” earlier this week grading government agencies on how well they're complying with the Plain Writing Act of 2010, in both the letter and spirit of the law.

This year, the Center graded agencies in two areas: compliance with the Act and how the agency's writing adhered to plain language principles. Agencies were invited to provide writing samples and the Center selected documents for those that did not.

The Social Security Administration was the standout department for 2013, earning an A in both areas; down at the bottom where Housing & Urban Development and Treasury, which both received an F for adherence and a D for plain writing.

To see the full report, including the full reports for each department, visit the Center for Plain Language website. You can also read coverage from Time magazine and Federal News Radio.

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