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Plain Language


The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.

VEF is committed to writing new documents in plain language, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

We need your help to comply with this Act! Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

We have assigned staff to oversee our plain language efforts:

We’re training our employees and are strengthening our oversight process. We must use plain language in any document that:

Please let us know if we have not written a document in plain language.

We have to report our progress and compliance with the Act and will post that report on this site.



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