ADS Writing Guidelines and Style Guide

A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 501

Full Revision Date: 05/12/2023
Responsible Office: M/MPBP
File Name: 501mac_051223


The purpose of this document is to establish the writing guidelines and style guide that govern the development and issuance of policies in the Automated Directives System (ADS).

      The ADS Writing Guidelines in Section 2 provide general guidelines on the structure of ADS writing – both document structure and sentence structure – to ensure that operational policies in the ADS are consistent, clear, and user-focused.

      The ADS Style Guide in Section 3 establishes formatting conventions for ADS documents. It also provides guidance on grammar, word usage, and punctuation in accordance with the USAID Style Guide.