The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently received an âAâ on a report card from the Center for Plain Language a non-profit group that monitors the Plain Writing Act of 2011. USDA was the only government agency that received an âAâ for all documents, new and revised since the Plain Writing act became law, October 2011. The Plain Writing Committee wagered what grade USDA would receive and the losers of the wager were to donate 25 pounds of food each to the USDA Feds Feed Families food drive. The donation was displayed in the Departmental Management conference room in Washington, DC Monday, July 23, 2012. (L to R Terry Bish, Public Affairs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Beth Gaston, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Jerry Mande, Deputy Under Secretary, Food Safety Inspection Service and Senior Official for Plain Writing, Suzanne Austin-Kashawlic, Employee Relations Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Associate Assistant Secretary for Administration Dr Alma Hobbs, Oscar Gonzales, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Departmental Administration and Dr. Gregory Parham, Assistant Secretary for Departmental Administration (not pictured James Gore, Deputy Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.) USDA Photo by Bob Nichols.
May 2, 2014
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