Plain Writing at the NRC

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On October 13, 2010, President Obama signed into law The Plain Writing Act of 2010. That Act is intended to enhance your access to Government information and services by requiring Federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." In its Preliminary Guidance for the Act, dated November 22, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) stated that "plain writing should be seen as an essential part of Open Government…. Transparency, public participation, and collaboration cannot easily occur without plain writing."

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has a long and proven history of supporting that belief. We believe plain writing is important to keeping you informed of — and involved in — our regulatory, licensing, and oversight activities. For more information about our commitment to plain writing, please see the following pages:

Also, to help us comply with this Act and evaluate our progress, we invite you to Contact Us with feedback on the following topics:

  • Our Plain Writing Action Plan
  • Difficulty understanding our documents or information on our public Web site
  • Use of plain language in our public meetings

In addition, you should know that we've assigned the following senior agency officials to oversee our plain writing initiative:

Senior Agency Official for Plain Writing Marissa Bailey, Associate Director for Operations

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Mail Stop: O17-H05
Washington, DC 20555-0001

1-800-368-5642 x7536
or 301-415-7536

301-415-2162 (fax)

Plain Writing Contact Beverly King, 301-415-0722
Carrie McCann, 301-415-0880