SACRAMENTO, CA: California gave out its first set of "Clarity
Awards" last week, applauding government agencies with exemplary written
The public information award was shared by a Department of Forestry and
Fire Prevention brochure and a Department of Industrial Relations series
of bookmarks aimed at teenagers.
Clarity awards are aimed at promoting simplified and concise information
to California residents about "what the state does, requires, and
offers," according to a release. The first set of awards honored
missives aimed at the public. Future awards will be targeted at the
categories of forms, regulations, and internal documents.
"The Pythagorean theorem contains 24 words, the Ten Commandments
consists of 179 words, and the Gettysburg Address is 286 words long,"
pointed out Steve Nissen, director of the Office of Planning and
Research and special assistant to Governor Davis for innovation in
government. "By contrast, US government regulations on the sale of
cabbage boast 26,911 words, and California regulations on catching trout
and salmon require 18,897 words."
Winners receive a crystal trophy made by inmates in the CA