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Plain language

The FEC has a long-standing commitment to using plain language in its publications and other documents. 

FEC efforts

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 requires federal agencies to write "clear government communication that the public can understand and use."

The law requires the FEC to use plain language in any document that:

  • Is necessary for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes.
  • Provides information about any federal government benefit or service.
  • Explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.

Additionally, the FEC trains employees on the federal plain language guidelines.

Help the FEC comply with the Act. Reach out to plainlanguage@fec.gov if you have trouble understanding documents or the pages on this website.


Senior Agency Official for Plain Writing Greg Scott, Asst. Staff Director
Information Division
Office of Communications
Plain Writing Contact Amy Kort, Performance Manager
Office of the Deputy Staff Director
Management & Administration
Plain Writing Contact Robert Kahn, Attorney
Administrative Law Team
Office of General Counsel

2017 plain language report

Read the FEC's annual plain language compliance report, dated April 13, 2017.