Administrative Policy Writing
Come on! Is it really necessary to say that in three sentences?
An important convention of government writing is to be very explicit
and clear about applying rules to facts. Rules are stated separately.
The facts are stated separately. Then a conclusion is drawn.
If you have laid out your rule and your facts, the truth of the
conclusion should be clear.
This clarity is a goal of governmental
Even if it seems tedious, it is the preferred style of writing.
Go back to the above example:
: The rule says that licenses are up for renewal every five years.
: Your license will be five years old this August.
: Therefore, your license will be up for renewal in August.