Plain language has been around in the government for over 20 years. Here are some examples, both historical and current.
Model preamble for a proposed rule. This model preamble was last reviewed in May, 1998. You should check with your own legal staff to make sure there are no more recent requirements.
Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf. Minerals Management Service
Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing. Department of Transportation
Rulemaking Procedures. Federal Aviation Administration
Personal Radio Services. Federal Communications Commission. The first plain English regulation.
Reimbursement to Local Governments. Environmental Protection Agency
Pensions, Bonuses. Veterans Benefits Administration. See sections 8.2, .3, and .4
Leasing of Solid Minerals other than Coal and Shale. Bureau of Land Management
Letters and forms
Veterans Benefits Administration
Handbooks, manuals, directives
NASA - Johnson Space Center
Draft Grazing Manual, Bureau
of Land Management
Department of Energy—Oak
Ridge Annual Site Environmental Report—Summary.
Each year Tim Joseph gets the help of a local high school class in writing a summary of Oak Ridge's environmental status that's readable by the public.
Notice and Deficiency Order for Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) cases. Small Business Administration