Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Government Transparency, Efficiency and Plain Language

ConLawProf turned OIRA Administrator Cass Sunstein wrote today on the White House blog how administration efforts to implement the Plain Writing Act of 2010 will "improve communications," "save money," and "facilitate two-way communication between agencies and the public."  Example:

the Federal Communications Commission used to receive so many questions from the public about its requirements for ham radio operations that five full-time employees were needed to provide answers.  After the requirements were written in plain language, questions dropped of so dramatically that all five of those employees could be reassigned to more pressing activity at the Commission.

Sunstein issued final guidance for federal agencies last Wednesday.



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