Federal Manager's Daily Report

A one-day seminar on using plain language in government communications will be held September 5 at GSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. and viewable online.

Said the announcement: “We believe the public deserves plain language communication from its government, and it’s the law. The benefits of plain language are both tangible and intangible: Plain language gets your message across in the shortest time possible. More people are able to understand your message. There is less chance that your document will be misunderstood, so you spend less time explaining it to people. And if your document gives instructions, your readers are more likely to understand them and follow them correctly.”

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In addition to general topics, sessions will focus on health literacy, science communications, plain language standards and customer experience.

Instructions for in-person attendance and online access are at plainlanguage.gov.