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Plain Language

President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010 (PDF 124.57 kb) on October 13, 2010. The law requires that federal agencies use "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." OVC is committed to producing publications that follow the guidelines developed by the Plain Language Act and Information Network. Review the guidelines at, in addition to writing tips, word suggestions, and grammar sites.

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