Obama signs Plain Writing Act into law

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill sponsored by Sen. Daniel Akaka that requires the federal government to write public documents more clearly.

The Hawaii Democrat said in a Washington news release that the Plain Writing Act will make the federal government more efficient.

Akaka says agencies will be required to issue documents which are clear, well organized and understandable.

He says federal employees will spend less time answering customer service questions, and citizens will be better able to hold the government accountable.

Akaka has called the act "commonsense reform."

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