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14
Jun

Fed News Radio: Plain writing still a challenge for most government websites

Fed News Radio: Plain writing still a challenge for most government websites From Federal News Radio with Terry Wing Published: June 13, 2017 Original Post: https://federalnewsradio.com/digital-government/2017/06/plain-writing-still-a-challenge-for-most-government-websites/ Anyone who has taken a writing class remembers the basic tenets of good communication: know your audience, use short sentences and understandable words, and speak in an active voice. Why …

13
Jun

Fed News Radio: How are agencies upholding Plain Language Act?

Fed News Radio: How are agencies upholding Plain Language Act? From Federal News Radio with Tom Temin Published: June 12, 2017 Our CEO, Fergal McGovern was recently interviewed for Fed News Radio’s Federal Drive with Tom Temin . The Plain Language Act, enacted back in 2010, requires federal agencies to use understandable English. Nearly all agencies …

29
May

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand

These Agencies’ Websites are Easiest to Understand From NextGov with Mohana Ravindranath Published: May 26, 2017     Original Post: http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2017/05/these-agencies-websites-are-easiest-understand/138222/   Federal agencies need to clean up their websites so they’re interpretable by people with a minimum of a high school education, a report finds. President Barack Obama signed the Plain Writing Act in 2010 …

26
May

APMP – Automation Support for Proposal Development – Slides

APMP – Automation Support for Proposal Development – Slides Thursday May 25th 2017 APMP Chesapeake Chapter conducted a webinar demonstration of Automation Support for the Proposal Development Process. The panel included Tracy Vitmer (Northrop Grumman), Eric Johnson (GDIT – General Dynamics Information Technology) and Fergal McGovern (VisibleThread). If you couldn’t join the webinar, you can find …

16
May

Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and VisibleThread present APMP Chesapeake Webinar on Automation

Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and VisibleThread present APMP Chesapeake Webinar on Automation   Thursday May 25th 2017 at 1:00pm EDT APMP Chesapeake Chapter will conduct a webinar demonstration of Automation Support for the Proposal Development Process. The panel will include Tracy Vitmer (Northrop Grumman), Eric Johnson (GDIT – General Dynamics Information Technology) and Fergal McGovern (VisibleThread). …

10
May

ClearMark Award 2017 Winners

ClearMark Award 2017 Winners Tuesday, May 9th, VisibleThread attended the 8th ClearMark Awards in Washington D.C. We were delighted to sponsor this important ceremony and to spend time with many other plain language enthusiasts! The ClearMark Awards recognize the best examples of plain language communication. Here are the 2017 winners:   Grand ClearMark Winners   Grand ClearMark …

10
May

Federal Agency Websites Still Failing to Provide Citizens with Clear Information

Federal Agency Websites Still Failing to Provide Citizens with Clear Information VisibleThread 2017 US Government Index finds improving web clarity scores in federal agency website content, but still failing to meet recommended readability levels.   Baltimore, MD, May 10, 2017 – VisibleThread, today announced findings from its website clarity review of 30 US Federal Agencies. …

15
Mar

Top US Health Insurance Websites Need Resuscitation due to Poor Web Page Clarity

Top US Health Insurance Websites Need Resuscitation due to Poor Web Page Clarity Only 2 of the 90 top Health Insurance Companies achieved the minimum target readability score   Baltimore, MD, March 15, 2017 – VisibleThread, today announced findings from its website clarity review of the top health insurance companies – The VisibleThread Website Index, …