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The Plain Writing Act of 2010 PDF 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 External Link.


We, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) are committed to writing new documents in plain language by October 2011, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines PDF.

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: customer@ferc.gov

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We have assigned staff to oversee our plain language efforts:

  • Mary O’Driscoll, Plain Language Coordinator

We’re training our employees and are creating our oversight process. We must use plain language in any document that:

  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

Please let us know if we haven't written a document in plain language: customer@ferc.gov

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We have reported our progress and compliance with the Act as required by July 13, 2011.