Plain Writing Initiative
The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." President Obama also emphasized the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government
The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board is committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
We need your help to comply with this Act! Let us know if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website:
We're training our employees and have strengthened our oversight process. We will use plain language in any document that:
- is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
- provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
- explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.
Our Public Affairs office is overseeing this initiative. Please let them know if we haven't written a document in plain language by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are required to report our progress and compliance with the Act. Our annual compliance reports are posted below.
|Link||File Size||No. Pgs|
|2012 Compliance Report||119kb||3|
|2013 Compliance Report||56kb||4|
|2014 Compliance Report||180kb||4|