S.574 - Plain Writing Act of 2009

A bill to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing that Government documents issued to the public must be written clearly, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to enhance citizen access to Government information and services by establishing that Government documents issued to the public must be written clearly, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Short: Plain Writing Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Plain Writing Act of 2009 as reported to senate.

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Official Summary

Plain Writing Act of 2009 - Requires each executive agency to use plain writing in every document (other than a regulation) issued to the public, including documents and other text released in electronic form. Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on implement

Official Summary

Plain Writing Act of 2009 - Requires each executive agency to use plain writing in every document (other than a regulation) issued to the public, including documents and other text released in electronic form. 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 writing guidelines developed by the Plain Language Action and Information Network or their own guidance as long as it is consistent with such 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 in plain writing;
(3) meet the plain writing 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. Declares that:
(1) there shall be no judicial review of compliance with this Act; and
(2) no provision of this Act shall be construed to create any enforceable right or benefit.

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Organizations Supporting S.574

  • Center for Plain Language
  • Federation of American Scientists

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