April 7, firstname.lastname@example.org
Three federal agencies received kudos Thursday for writing government documents in plain language.
The National Partnership for Reinventing Government (NPR) applauded five employees from the Farm Credit Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Transportation Department at a ceremony in Washington. NPR Director Morley Winograd presented "No Gobbledygook" awards to the employees.
"Government agencies have to focus on clear communications in order to improve customer service," said Winograd. He praised the award winners for their commitment to making government more accessible to the public and for saving federal agencies time, money, and resources by using plain language in their writing.
The honorees at the ceremony included:
President Clinton issued a memorandum in June 1998 directing federal agencies to use plain language in all government forms, documents and letters. Vice President Gore established the "No Gobbledygook" awards program to reward federal employees for their efforts in promoting plain language in government writing. NPR and the Office of Management and Budget have established the Plain Language Action Network, a government-wide group that is trying to improve the way the federal government communicates with the public. The group's Web site is at plainlanguage.gov.
April 7, 2000