S.2291 - Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007

A bill to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing plain language as the standard style of Government documents issued to the public, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Short: Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007 as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing plain language as the standard style of Government documents issued to the public, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007 as reported to senate.

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Official Summary

Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007 - Requires each executive agency, not later than one year after enactment of this Act, to use plain language in any covered document issued or substantially revised after the enactment of this Act. Defines \"covered document\" to inclu

Official Summary

Plain Language in Government Communications Act of 2007 - Requires each executive agency, not later than one year after enactment of this Act, to use plain language in any covered document issued or substantially revised after the enactment of this Act. Defines \"covered document\" to include:
(1) documents that provide information about any government requirement or program or that are relevant to obtaining any government benefit or service; and
(2) letters, publications, forms, notices, or instructions.Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on implementing such requirements to agencies as a circular. Authorizes agencies, pending issuance of such guidance, to follow the guidance of the Plain English Handbook published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the plain language guidelines developed by the Plain Language Action and Information Network, or their own plain language guidance as long as it is consistent with the Network's guidelines.Requires each agency head to report to specified congressional committees on how the agency intends to:
(1) communicate the requirements of this Act to employees;
(2) train employees to write in plain language;
(3) meet the plain language requirement;
(4) ensure ongoing compliance with this Act; and
(5) designate a senior official to be responsible for implementing this Act. Requires:
(1) agency heads to report on compliance to OMB; and
(2) OMB to report on the progress of agencies to such committees.

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