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American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

Ward Circle Building

Washington, DC 20016

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Have you struggled with confusing government forms? No more! At Form-a-Palooza, we’ll put pen to paper and rework several high-profile District forms with design and behavioral science experts and you - District residents.

Featuring welcome remarks by Mayor Bowser, City Administrator Rashad M. Young, a keynote by Cass Sunstein (Harvard professor, Obama appointee to the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and best-selling author), and experts such as David Yokum, the Center for Plain Language, and DC government staff.

All are welcome. No prior experience needed. Come ready to work! You'll be able to select which form you work on when you arrive at the event. To keep table numbers balanced, form selections will be filled first come, first served. Questions? Contact

Featured forms

  • DC Driver License and Identification Card Application (DMV) - allows residents to access a driver license or identification card

  • Basic Business License EZ (DCRA) - certifies that a business is licensed to operate legally allowed to operate in the District

  • TANF Job Search Logs (DHS) - allows Temporary Assistance for Needy Families customers to document their job searching activities

  • Disability Services Intake Application (DDS) - allows residents access developmental disability services

  • Lead Disclosure Form (DOEE) - allows landlords to acknowledge potential presence of lead-based paint to their tenants



8:30-9:00AM Registration & Opening Activities (light breakfast provided)

9:00-9:30AM Welcome remarks from City Administrator Rashad Young

9:30AM-12:00PM Form Workshoping - facilitated activities

12:00-12:30PM Lunch (provided)

12:30-1:00PM Keynote - Cass Sunstein

1:00-3:30 PM Form Workshoping - facilitated activities

3:30-4:00 PM Wrap Up