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Plain Writing

Plain writing is effective communication that conveys a clear message to an audience.

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 was signed into law on October 13, 2010. The purpose of the act is “to improve the effectiveness and accountability of federal agencies to the public by promoting clear government communication that the public can understand and use.” This law changed how the government communicates with the public and all government agencies are expected to adhere to the requirements outlined in this regulation.

Provide Feedback on Plain Writing at DHS

DHS values your comments and welcomes your feedback about how we provide all internal and external stakeholders (for example, other government agencies, private businesses, citizens and our own employees) with documents and materials that are clearly written.  

If there are specific documents that you wish to cite as an opportunity for improvement, please include as much information about the document as possible for us to research it, including (if available) web link, form number, and document title and the specific information you found difficult. 

We appreciate your comments. Please write to us at DHSPlainWriting@hq.dhs.gov.

Last updated July 15, 2020