H.R. 946 (111th): Plain Writing Act of 2010

Feb 10, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Signed by the President
Slip Law:
This bill became Pub.L. 111-274.
Bruce Braley
Representative for Iowa's 1st congressional district
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Last Updated
Oct 01, 2010
3 pages
Related Bills
S. 574 (Related)
Plain Writing Act of 2009

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Apr 01, 2009


This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 13, 2010.

Introduced Feb 10, 2009
Referred to Committee Feb 10, 2009
Reported by Committee Mar 04, 2010
Passed House Mar 17, 2010
Passed Senate with Changes Sep 27, 2010
House Agreed to Changes Sep 29, 2010
Signed by the President Oct 13, 2010
Full Title

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.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Mar 17, 2010 4:54 p.m.
Passed 386/33
On the Senate Amendment
Sep 29, 2010 11:44 p.m.
Passed 341/82

10 cosponsors (8D, 2R) (show)

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Library of Congress Summary

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10/13/2010--Public Law.
Plain Writing Act of 2010 - Requires the head of each executive agency to:
(1) designate one or more senior officials within the agency to oversee the agency's implementation of this Act;
(2) communicate this Act's requirements to the agency's employees;
(3) train agency employees in "plain writing" (defined as writing that is clear, concise, well-organized, and follows other best practices appropriate to the subject or field and intended audience);
(4) establish a process for overseeing the agency's ongoing compliance with this Act's requirements;
(5) create and maintain a plain writing section of the agency's website that shall 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; and
(6) designate one or more agency points-of-contact to receive and respond to public input on the implementation of this Act.
Requires each agency, by one year after enactment, to use plain writing in every covered document of the agency that the agency issues or substantially revises.
Defines "covered document" to:
(1) mean any document that is necessary for obtaining any federal benefit or service or filing taxes, that provides information about any federal benefit or service, or that explains to the public how to comply with a requirement the federal government administers or enforces;
(2) include (whether in paper or electronic form) a letter, publication, form, notice, or instruction; and
(3) exclude a regulation.
Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), by six months after enactment, to develop and issue guidance on implementing the requirements of this Act. Authorizes the Director to designate a lead agency and to use interagency working groups to assist in developing and issuing the guidance. Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) an interim guidance; (2) initial and annual compliance reports; and (3) judicial review and enforceability.
Requires the budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, to be determined by reference to the latest statement titled "Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation" for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage.

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