Plain Writing Act of 2010
This article is missing information about definition of "plain writing" and history of the law prior to or after enactment.(April 2018)
On June 1, 1998 President Bill Clinton issued a Memorandum on Plain Language in Government Writing. (PDF) The rationale for this memorandum was to "make the Government more responsive, accessible, and understandable in its communications with the public" and its goal is to save the Government and the private sector "time, effort and money." Accompanying guidance was issued at the time the memorandum entered the record.
|Long title||An act 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.|
|Enacted by||the 111th United States Congress|
|Effective||October 13, 2010|
|Statutes at Large||124 Stat. 2861|
|U.S.C. sections amended||5 USC 301 note|
Signed into law on October 13, 2010 by President Obama, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (H.R. 946; Pub.L. 111–274 (text) (PDF)) is a United States federal law that requires that federal executive agencies:
- Use plain writing in every covered document that the agency issues or substantially revises
- Train employees in "plain writing"
- Establish a process for overseeing the agency's compliance with this Act
- Create and maintain a plain writing section on the agency's website to inform the public of agency compliance with the requirements of this Act
- Provide a mechanism for the agency to receive and respond to public input on agency implementation and agency reports required under this Act, and be accessible from its homepage
- Designate one or more agency points-of-contact to receive and respond to public input on the implementation of this Act
The amount of expenses reimbursed to a claimant under this subpart shall be reduced by any amount that the claimant receives from a collateral source. In cases in which a claimant receives reimbursement under this subpart for expenses that also will or may be reimbursed from another source, the claimant shall subrogate the United States to the claim for payment from the collateral source up to the amount for which the claimant was reimbursed under this subpart.
If you get a payment from a collateral source, we will reduce our payment by the amount you get. If you get payments from us and from a collateral source for the same expenses, you must pay us back the amount we paid you.