2022 Federal Plain Language Summit

2022 Federal Plain Language Summit

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Date and time


Online event

This year’s summit showcases plain language successes in the federal government.

About this event

Event Details

On August 24, 2022, the Plain Language Community of Practice (CoP) will bring together federal employees to highlight plain language successes in many federal agencies at all stages of the communications journey. Speakers address debunking myths, meeting varying audience’s needs, managing the review process and stakeholders, and supporting plain language editors.

The Summit will begin at 10:30 am, ET, and conclude at 3:45 pm, ET. There will be one 15-minute break and one 10-minute break.

Speakers and Panelists

  • Shuly Babitz — Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Katy Karnell — Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
  • Donna Ledbetter — Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
  • Sheila Walsh — Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Heather K. Holland — Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CMS/HHS)
  • Laura Rabuck — Office of Research and Development of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Stanley Dambroski — U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Stephanie M. Morrison, MPH — National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Rachel Bradley Montgomery — Library of Congress (LoC)
  • Amanda Damewood — United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


  • Katherine Spivey — U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Katina Stapleton — U.S. Department of Education (ED)

About the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of federal employees from different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing. Join the Community of Practice.

How to Attend

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