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.