Plain Language Tools
We strongly encourage all agencies to write regulations in plain language. Even though the Plain Writing Act of 2010 and M-11-15 (OMB's Final Guidance on Implementing the Act)don't cover regulations, three separate Executive Orders do: E.O. 12866, E.O. 12988, and E.O. 13563.
Unfortunately, not all principles of plain language are available when drafting a Federal Register document, so consult the Document Drafting Handbook in addition to the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
Tips, Tools, Webinars, Trainings, Checklists, and Guides
Remember the two exceptions to using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines (in this order):
- if you are drafting a Federal Register document and they conflict with the GPO Style Manual, use the GPO Style Manual
- If they conflict with your agency's style guide, follow your agency's guide.
Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) aka www.plainlanguage.gov: the home of the Federal Plain Language Guidelines, free Federal agency half-day training, examples, templates, tips, and checklists