Monday, November 4, 2013
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Policies, Statements and Directives

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write “clear Government communication that the public can understand and use.” President Barack 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.


CPSC is committed to writing new documents—whether they are related to product regulations, business education, or consumer awareness—in plain language, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.


We need the public’s help to comply with the Act. Let us know if you have trouble understanding any of our documents or any of the pages on our website. Please e-mail:


We are training our employees on plain writing. We are trying to improve our use of plain language in any CPSC document that:


  • is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service;
  • 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.


Eileen Williams is the CPSC official responsible for overseeing the agency’s plain writing initiative. If you would like to review CPSC's plan for implementing the requirements of the Act click CPSC Plain Writing Implementation Report. Click CPSC Compliance Report to see our annual report on the agency’s compliance with the requirements of the Plain Language Act.


The agency's Plain Language Act training plan and solicits comments from the public about our writing. 


Plain Writing Resources


The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is the official interagency working group designated to assist in issuing plain language guidance. The PLAIN website includes guidelines on plain language and tools for writing in plain language:


  • Federal Plain Language Website (
  • Word Suggestions
  • Before and After Samples
  • Tips and Tools
  • Using Plain Language When Writing Regulations