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Plain Language Training Class

June 4, 2014 1:00PM to 4:15PM EDT

Registration link: Click Here to Register
The link will bring you to the Plain Writing Powerpedia page, where you can register for the class that works for you. Alternatively, please contact Michael Coogan. Class size is limited!
While these classes are open to contractor employees, contractors/contractor employees should first consult with the contracting officer representative for their contract before attending the course while on duty under a DOE contract.

Course Type: Classroom/Auditorium

Course Location: Germantown, Room E-401

Course Description:
•Two of the three biggest “violations” of Plain Language principles at DOE are long sentences and long paragraphs.  Does this describe your writing style?  How can you break this habit?
• When you write, remember the Plain Language adage:  “Addition by subtraction.”  Not sure what this means?
• President Obama signed the Plain Writing Act of 2010, and under the Clinton/Gore Administration there was a major push for using Plain Language in documents written for the public.  President Carter signed an Executive Order encouraging the use of Plain Language, and President Johnson waged what he called a “War on Gobbledygook” in Federal writing.  But the battle to have Federal employees write in Plain Language goes back even further.  Who voiced frustrations about this issue — and when?

To meet the requirements of the Plain Writing Act of 2010 — which calls for writing that is clear, concise, and well-organized — DOE is sponsoring a series of Plain Language Training Classes for employees and contractors in both Forrestal and Germantown.  These classes cover the main elements of writing in plain language, including the active voice, short sentences, focusing on the reader’s needs, and other elements to help your writing be easily understandable within and outside the Department.

Contact: Michael Coogan

More information on Plain Language Writing can be found on Powerpedia, click here to be directed.

We hope you’ll join us!