DoD Plain Language Program
|Publication Date:||31 May 2018|
This instruction, in accordance with the authority in DoD Directives 5105.82 and 5105.53 (References (a) and (b)) , the July 11, 2014 Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum (Reference (c)), and the February 1, 2018 Secretary of Defense Memorandum (Reference (d)):
a. Establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the DoD Plain Language Program pursuant to Public Law 111-274 (Reference (e)) (also known as the "Plain Writing Act of 2010," and referred to in this instruction as the "Plain Writing Act") and Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandum (Reference (f)).
b. Promotes DoD use of clear, concise, and well-organized language in documents (as defined in this instruction) to effectively communicate with intended audiences. This is in accordance with the guidance in Presidential Memorandum (Reference (g)), Office of Management and Budget Memorandum (Reference (h)), and Director of Administration and Management Memorandum (Reference (i)).
c. Establishes the DoD Plain Language Committee.
This instruction applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the DoD (referred to in this instruction collectively as the "DoD Components").