Administrative Policy Writing
The passive voice can be problematic because it buries or
obscures the actor.
Thus, in order to write sentences with clear meaning, the active
voice is usually better.
Especially true in government writing that concerns
. If a sentence imposes an
obligation on someone, you should always be clear about who
that someone is.
“The permit will be approved no later than sixty days from the
“The State will approve the permit no later than sixty days from
the submittal date.”