Plain Language

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear government communication that the public can understand and use." The U.S. Department of Labor has been committed to writing documents in plain language since the implementation of the Act in 2011.

We train our employees and ensure that we use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
  • Provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

We have assigned staff to oversee our plain language efforts.

  • Senior Official for Plain Language - S. Marisela Douglass, Director, Office of Compliance Initiatives, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
  • Plain Language Coordinator - Louisa K. Meyer, Deputy Director, Office of Compliance Initiatives, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy

You can contact us to let us know how we can improve our writing or if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

Plain Writing Act Annual Compliance Reports

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