Plain Language at the FLRA

The Plain Writing Act of 2010Adobe Acrobat Reader icon (the Act) 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.

The FLRA is committed to writing new documents in plain language, 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 by sending an e-mail to:

We have assigned staff to oversee our Plain Language efforts:

  • Sarah Whittle Spooner:  Agency coordinator
  • Gina Grippando:  Authority component coordinator
  • Donna DiTullio:  FSIP component coordinator
  • Richard Zorn:  OGC component coordinator

We’re training our employees and are strenghtening our oversight process. To this end, we must use plain language in any document that:

  • is necessary for obtaining any Federal government benefit or service that we provide;
  • provides information about any Federal government benefit or service; or