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Plain Language Summit 2019

Plain Language Community of Practice

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Type End Quantity
In-Person Sep 5, 2019 Free  
Remote Sep 5, 2019 Free  

Event Details

On Thursday, September 5th, the federal Plain Language community will bring together some of the brightest individuals involved in government communications for a one-day series of talks and conversations on how to advance plain language in government communications.

Do you work in government communications? Gather your team and join us in-person or online to learn about the importance of plain language and methods for implementing it, and learn from fellow communicators from across the federal government.

We believe the public deserves plain language communication from its government, and it’s the law. The benefits of plain language are both tangible and intangible:

  • Plain language gets your message across in the shortest time possible.
  • More people are able to understand your message.
  • There is less chance that your document will be misunderstood, so you spend less time explaining it to people. And if your document gives instructions, your readers are more likely to understand them and follow them correctly.

 

Our Agenda

Time

Speaker

9:00am-9:15am

Welcome/Logistics from Federal Plain Language Community of Practice, Co-Chairs - Katherine Spivey, GSA and Kathryn Catania, USCIS 

9:15am-9:25am

Welcome from GSA’s Senior Plain Language Official - Mark Mchale or Donna Garland, GSA

9:25am - 9:30am

PLAIN training update - Jamie Stark, USCIS

9:30am - 10:00am

Cynthia Baur - Health Literacy

10:am - 10:15am

Break

10:15am - 11:15am

Science Panel: Jana Goldman and Susanna Murley

11:15am - 11:45pm

John Whalen - UX

11:45pm - 1:00pm

Break for Lunch

1:00pm - 1:30pm

Annetta Cheek - International PL Standards

1:30pm - 2:00pm

Richard Spiedel - Privacy Act

2:00pm - 2:15pm

Break: Greenberry Catering in Atrium

2:15pm - 3:00pm

David Lipscomb, Center for Plain Language Federal Report Card

3:00pm - 3:30pm

Camille Tucker  - Customer Experience 

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Wrap Up & Closing - Kathryn Catania, USCIS and Katherine Spivey, GSA

 

Conference Documents and Ephemera 

 

About plainlanguage.gov 

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.

 

NOTE: In-person tickets are limited and going quickly, so sign-up fast!

Have questions about Plain Language Summit 2019? Contact Plain Language Community of Practice

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When & Where


US General Services Administration
1800 F St NW
Conference Center (1459, 1460, 1461)
Washington, DC 20006

Thursday, September 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)


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Plain Language Community of Practice

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) Community of Practice (PL-COP) is an inter-agency group of plain language practitioners from many different federal government agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing.

PL-COP is administered by the Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN).

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