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Plain Talk

Plain Talk at Ecology

The Department of Ecology believes citizens should be able to communicate easily with government. That’s why we are committed to removing bureaucratic jargon from our letters, publications, applications and instructions, and web site. At Ecology:

  • We have an Executive Policy that requires all agency programs to incorporate plain talk into the work they do.
  • Our employees are required to write letters and publications the target audience can easily understand.
  • 80 percent of our employees and 100 percent of our managers have taken plain talk training.
  • All new employees must take plain talk training within six months of hire.
  • We have established a quality review process where we randomly select publications and score them to measure how well we are doing at writing to our target audiences.


Bari Schreiner

(360) 407-6998

Laurie Dumar

(360) 407-6606