S.574 - Plain Writing Act of 2009111th Congress (2009-2010)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Akaka, Daniel K. [D-HI] (Introduced 03/11/2009)|
|Committees:||Senate - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs|
|Committee Reports:||S. Rept. 111-102|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 12/09/2009 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 222. (All Actions)|
|Notes:||For further action, see H.R.946, which became Public Law 111-274 on 10/13/2010.|
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Summary: S.574 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (12/09/2009)
Plain Writing Act of 2009 - Requires each executive agency to use plain writing in every document (other than a regulation) issued to the public, including documents and other text released in electronic form.
Requires the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidance on implementing such requirements to agencies as a circular. Authorizes agencies, pending issuance of such guidance, to follow the writing guidelines developed by the Plain Language Action and Information Network or their own guidance as long as it is consistent with such guidelines.
Requires each agency head to report to specified congressional committees on how the agency intends to: (1) communicate the requirements of this Act to employees; (2) train employees in plain writing; (3) meet the plain writing requirement; (4) ensure ongoing compliance with this Act; and (5) designate a senior official to be responsible for implementing this Act. Requires: (1) agency heads to report on compliance to OMB; and (2) OMB to report on the progress of agencies to such committees.
Declares that: (1) there shall be no judicial review of compliance with this Act; and (2) no provision of this Act shall be construed to create any enforceable right or benefit.