including. to include

The sentence:

“The Secretary may need to submit to Congress a report on the ABC program, to include a cost projection for the next five years.”

The question:

Is it “to include” or “including”?

My two cents:

“To include” seems like corporate-speak—I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in “good writing,” or, come to think of it, ever heard someone say it. Based on my experience, the phrase comes from those who want to make their words stand at attention and salute, rather than flow. (A colleague tells me that “nine out of ten times, ‘to include’ is found in the writing of military members.”)

Moreover, for what it’s worth, I’d divide the sentence in question in two, as follows:

“The Secretary may need to report to Congress on the ABC program’s [progress, staff changes, raison d'être—whatever]. This report should include a cost projection for the next five years.”

It seems that the first sentence ought to outline the report’s content, while the second ought to detail any specifics.

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