The Center for Plain Language issued its 2012 WonderMark Awards for the least usable documents—the sort of documents that make them shake their heads and say: “We wonder what they meant. We wonder what they were thinking.”
Although not the winner, the Center had this to say about the FAR:
General Services Administration (DC) — Federal Acquisition Regulations
The text is extremely dense and unnecessarily circular. The unnecessary circularity conceals, or almost conceals the fact that the regulations appear to give super power to the regulator. The circularity in the regulation allows that oddity to exist.
What were they thinking?