The Plain Language Movement in Government|
— A Concise Historical Bibliography
A Project of the Plain Writing Association
This ongoing Project of the Plain Writing Association presents links to articles that cover aspects of the history of the plain language movement within American government.
History of federal government paperwork reduction efforts since America's founding:
"Paperwork Reduction Act Reauthorization and Government Information Management Issues," Congressional Research Service, Jan. 2007, by Harold C. Relyea.
History of federal government paperwork reduction efforts since 1942:
"Origins and Development of Federal Paperwork Policy" in Chapter 2, "Managing Information Collection and Dissemination," Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Fiscal Year 2002.
History of the Commission on Federal Paperwork:
"Red Tape and National Information Policy: The Commission on Federal Paperwork," by Andrea J. Winkler, The American University Law Review, Summer, 1977, Vol. 26, pp. 1208-1240.
History of plain language movement in U.S. government since WWII, especially 1990s and early 2000s:
"A History of Plain Language in the United States Government," 2004, Joanne Locke.
History of plain language movement in U.S. government since 1980s:
"Revisiting Plain Language," by Beth Mazur, May 2000, Vol. 47, No. 2, Technical Communication, The Journal of the Society for Technical Communication, reprinted in PlainLanguage.gov.
History of plain language legislation in U.S. government since 2007, including a summary of earlier history:
"Plain Writing Legislative History, 2007-2010," by Irwin Berent, Plain Writing Association, 2010.
Summary of major plain language studies of the 1970s to 1990s:
"Writing For Dollars, Writing To Please," by Joseph Kimble, from The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing, Vol. 6, 1996-1997.
History of National Performance Review/National Partnership for Reinventing Government:
"National Partnership for Reinventing Government (formerly the National Performance Review)," Jan. 1999, National Partnership for Reinventing America, GovInfo CyberCemetery, by John Kamensky.
History of NPR/PLAIN "No Gobbledygook" awards:
"Clinton administration awards last plain language prize," GovernmentExecutive.com, January 8, 2001, by Jason Peckenpaugh.
Plain Writing Legislation: A Comparison of Bills
— This Project of the Plain Writing Association uses proofreading marks and side-by-side comparisons to show how the various versions of the major plain writing bills of the last few years evolved into the Plain Writing Act of 2010. (MORE)
Plain Writing Legislative History
This Project of the Plain Writing Association presents a legislative history of the passage of the Plain Writing Act of 2010, documenting the process by which failed plain-writing legislation in the 110th and 111th Congresses ultimately led to the Act. (MORE)
Government Use of Plain Language Editing Software
This Project of the Plain Writing Association is a separate website (StyleWriterForGovernment.com) which advocates the use of the ground-breaking plain-English editing software known as StyleWriter Software to assist government in writing more clearly and concisely, in compliance with the Plain Writing Act. (MORE)
The Media's Response to Plain Writing Legislative Efforts
This ongoing Project of the Plain Writing Association attempts to document the media's response to the legislative efforts leading to the Plain Writing Act of 2010. Focusing mainly on the period from 2007 to 2010, the Project, arranged chronologically, presents links to articles and posts in blogs, newspapers, and other periodicals. (MORE)
A Historical Bibliography of the Plain Language Movement
— This ongoing Project of the Plain Writing Association presents links to articles that cover the main categories of the history of the plain language movement within American government. (MORE)
PLAIN ENGLISH SOFTWARE
StyleWriter For Government Website
Through our StyleWriterForGovernment.com website, PWA distributes plain-writing editing software to governments, businesses, organizations, and individuals. (MORE)
StyleWriter Editing Software
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