It’s been a year since the Plain Writing Act went into effect — requiring agencies to stop speaking bureaucrat-ese when they communicate with the public and draft their documents and websites in plain english.
The results have been mixed, to say the least. That’s according to the first annual scorecard from the leading advocacy group for plain english writing both inside and outside of government. Dr. Annetta Cheek, the chair of the Center for Plain Language, discusses the report card and
It’s no secret the intricate federal acquisition process adds to the pricetag Uncle Sam pays for goods and services. Four researchers supported by the University of Tennessee and the Air Force surveyed dozens of government suppliers, and they found that 25 cents of every dollar the government spends on acquisition comes from the cost of the system itself — not designing or building the actual widgets.
David Patterson, a former principal deputy comptroller and CFO at DoD, and now the executive director of the National Defense Business Institute co-authored a summary of the research with three colleagues in a recent article in Contract Management magazine.
This story is part of Federal News Radio’s daily DoD Report. For more defense news, click here.