Agencies Recognized for Making Documents Readable

April 17, 2013

Several federal agencies were commended on Wednesday for publishing official government literature in “clear and concise language.”

Three federal agencies won high honors at the 2013 ClearMark awards given out by the Center for Plain Language, an advocacy group. The awards are given “to the best plain language documents and websites,” and an international panel adjudicates the entries.

Among the federal agencies that won the CPL’s top category honors:
■ The Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for the best public sector website.
■ The U.S. Energy Information Administration for the best public sector original document.
■ The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Boating and Infrastructure Grant Program for the best legal document.
 
Other winners include the Agriculture Department, which won distinction and merit awards in several categories, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which won a merit award for a revised document.

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