Social Security Administration in Full Compliance with Plain Writing Act

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

This year The Center for Plain Language has awarded the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the highest rating for compliance with the Plain Writing Act of 2010. The law, which passed on October 13, 2010 and became fully enforced by July 13, 2011, requires Federal agencies to utilize “plain writing” in all of their communication with the public.

“Plain writing” is defined as writing that the intended audience can easily understand because the content is well-organized, clear, concise, and follows the best practices of plain writing. To comply with the plain writing requirement, Federal agencies were required to use plain writing in documents that:

  • are necessary for obtaining benefits or services from the Federal Government;
  • provide information about Federal benefit or service programs;
  • are necessary to file Federal taxes;
  • explain how to comply with Federal Government requirements;
  • are an official letter, publication, form, notice or instruction from the Federal Government; and
  • does not include a regulation.

The SSA was given an “A” grade on its Plain Language Report Card this year for compliance with the basic requirements of the Plain Writing Act and the CPL’s analysis of SSA documents’ compliance with the plain writing principles.

While the SSA is compliant with the Plain Writing Act there are still many parts of the Social Security disability application that may require the help of a professional to complete. Incorrectly completed forms in your disability application may cause unnecessary delays in processing your claim, or result in an unfair denial.

If you are having difficulty filing for disability benefits through the SSA or you have received a notice of denial and wish to appeal, Disability Help Group can help. Call today to speak with one of our claim representatives and see how our legal team can help with your disability case – 1-(800)-800-3332.