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Glossary of Terms Used for USAID's Automated Directives System (ADS) - Updated 07/15/2011 Partial Revision

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Case Files

Case files relate to a specific action, event, person, organization, location, product, or thing. Case files often represent the mission, function, or work of the office (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502). Individuals or groups may receive a monetary award granted for specific commendable acts or contributions in the course of Government service. Cash awards include Special Act and On-the-Spot Awards (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Category A Posts

Overseas posts that use APO - FPO facilities to transport mail (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 513).

Central Mail Facility

Central mailroom located in the Ronald Reagan Building (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 513).

Centralized Offset

Centralized Offset or Treasury Offset Program (TOP) is a process that allows agencies to submit delinquent debts to one centralized location, Financial Management Service, for collection through the offset of all eligible Federal payments (TFM - DMS Managing Federal Receivables) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Ceq Regulations

Regulations promulgated by the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Federal Register, Volume 43, Number 230, November 29, 1978) under the authority of NEPA and Executive Order 11514, entitled Protection and Enhancement of Envi-ronmental Quality (March 5, 1970) as amended by Executive Order 11991 (May 24, 1977) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 204).

Certificate Of Appointment (Sf 1402)

A document, also referred to as a warrant, used to re-delegate purchasing authority (See also WARRANT) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 331).

Certification

The comprehensive evaluation of the technical and non-technical security features of an information system and other safeguards, made in support of the accreditation process, to establish the extent to which a particular design and implementation meets a set of specified security requirements. {Source: NSTISSI No. 1000} (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Certification Authority (Ca)

The USAID official who certifies that a particular information system (IS) has completed the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process, and is ready for Accreditation by the Designated Security Accreditation Authority (DSAA) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Cfo

The Chief Financial Officer of USAID or a USAID employee or official designated to act on the CFO's behalf (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 625, 631).

Change Control Board (Ccb)

one of the teams that evaluates the impact of proposed changes to the USAID baseline configuration, and determines if, and when, the changes are to be implemented (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Channel Captions

Restrict Action telegrams to designated offices or individuals in USAID - Washington (USAID - W) or USAID missions (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 549).

Channel Guard

An Ericcson terminology for a sub-audible tone used for encoding or decoding a channel (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 564).

Character And Experience-Based Loans

A form of collateral substitute in which the initial loan is very small, but access to gradually increasing loans is assured as long as the borrower maintains a satisfactory repayment record (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 219).

Charter - Charter Party

A contract for the hire of a ship or aircraft or portion thereof, for one or more voyages or flights, or for a period of time. Its clauses include freight rate, despatch, demurrage, brokerage commissions, etc. as well as provisions established by international agreements and, by reference, provisions of law. The charter - charter party usually overrides any provisions of the carrier's bill of lading, although it may provide that the bill of lading shall serve as a receipt for the cargo (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 314).

Chief Financial Officers Council

The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-576). CFO Act established a Chief Financial Officers Council. The act specifies that the Council will be chaired by OMB's Deputy Director for Management. Other members will be OMB's Controller, Treasury's Fiscal Assistant Secretary, and the agency CFOs appointed under the act (CFO Act P.L. 101-576) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 630).

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