Open Government


CIA Plain Language Plan

Secret codes and vague messages? Not on The Central Intelligence Agency is committed to conveying its mission to the public in clear, concise language in compliance with recent legislation.

The Plain Writing Act of 2010 [PDF 118.0KB*] requires federal agencies to write "clear Government communication that the public can understand and use." President Obama’s guidance also emphasizes the importance of establishing "a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration" in his January 21, 2009, Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.

Since the policy was announced in 2010, the Central Intelligence Agency has made an effort to write its Web content, documents and publications in plain language, using the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.

We need your help to comply with this Act. Please contact us if you have trouble understanding our documents or the pages on our website.

We’re training our employees and strengthening our oversight process. We must use plain language in any document that:

  • is needed for obtaining any federal government benefit or service or filing taxes;
  • provides information about any federal government benefit or service; or
  • explains to the public how to comply with a requirement that the federal government administers or enforces.


Plain Writing Resources

Posted: Mar 12, 2012 02:03 PM
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2018 05:14 PM