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Plain Language Act of 2010
March 6, 2014
 

The Plain Language Act of 2010 requires all Federal agencies to communicate clearly so that the public can understand and use the information.

Our promise to you: writing you can understand

We at NASA are committed to writing all of our new documents in plain language that you can understand. Our goal is to use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any of our benefits or services
  • Provides information about any of our benefits or services
  • Explains how to comply with a requirement that we administer or enforce

Why we make this promise

While we've been believers in plain language for a long time, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires all Federal agencies to write "clear government communication that the public can understand and use." The Administration also emphasized the importance of "transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in the January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. Beginning in April 2012, we will post our annual progress report on this page.

You can find valuable information and links to Web sites that provide more information on efforts to improve communications at the following locations:

 

Let us know how we're doing

We need your help to comply with this Act!  You can help us to meet our plain language goals by letting us know when we fall short. Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our Web site and send an email to:  nasaexecsec@nasa.gov as we welcome your feedback!    Larry Box, Senior Agency Official Responsible for Plain Language and Gina Hall, PLAIN Coordinator.

 

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