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Friday, September 21, 2007

Essential Estrogen: Bruce Braley Takes Aim at Washington-Speak

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Congressman Bruce Braley introduced a piece of legislation this
morning that would require the federal government to write documents
in simple, easy-to-understand language.The Plain Language in
Government Communications Act -- HR 3584 -- is a bipartisan bill that
targets tax returns, federal college aid applications and Veterans
Administration forms. Basically, any form, publication and publicly
distributed document must be provided in a "clear, concise,
well-organized" manner that follows the best practices of plain
language writing. A complete description of the Federal Plain Language
Guidelines is available online. There are also examples of
before-and-after applications of the initiative.

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