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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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Handicapped Entrance

A designated entrance specifically designed to conform to Federal, state and local guidelines to accommodate physically challenged or disabled individuals (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Hardline

Term referring to an overseas system of barriers surrounding a protected area which may afford degrees of forced entry, ballistic resistant or blast protection. A hardline may include walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, windows, doors or non-window openings, all which must provide the level of protection specified for the threat category and facility designation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Head Of Overseas Establishment

A principal officer, as defined in Section 102 of the Foreign Service Act, for example, a USAID Mission Director or USAID Representative, a Peace Corps Director, or a ranking Department of Commerce Officer in-country (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 495).

Head Of The Agency

Means the Secretary, Attorney General, Administrator, (also called Governor, Chairperson, or other chief official of agency head): an executive agency, unless otherwise indicated, including any deputy or assistant chief official of an executive agency and the term authorized representative means any person, persons, or board (other than the contracting officer) authorized to act for the head of the agency or Secretary (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 331).

Head Of The Contracting Activity (Hca)

The official who has overall responsibility for managing the contracting activity. AIDAR 702.170-10 lists each HCA in USAID and the limits on the contracting authority for each are listed in AIDAR 706.601. Also See Contracting Activity (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 302, 330, and 331).

Heads Of Agency Overseas Establishments

USAID Mission director or USAID representative. USIA country public affairs officers. officers in charge of radio relay stations or radio program centers, and officers in charge of regional service centers (6 FAM-111.3) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 522, 523, 524, and 525).

Health And Accident Coverage (Hac)

USAID's HAC insurance policy obtained only through the EGAT - ED - PT contractor. HAC insurance is required for all U.S. Exchange Visitors and is recommended for all third-country Participants. USAID's HAC insurance policy for all U.S. participants (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Health Care Provider

Includes: (1) A licensed Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy or a physician who is serving on active duty in the uniformed services and is designated by the uniformed service to conduct examinations (2) Any health care provider recognized by the Federal Health Benefits Program or who is licensed or certified under Federal or State law to provide the service in question (3) A health care provider as defined in paragraph (2) of this definition who practices in a country other than the United States, who is authorized to practice in accordance with the laws of that country, and who is performing within the scope of such practice as defined under those laws (4) A Christian Science Practitioner listed with the First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts, or (5) a Native American, including an Eskimo, Aleut, and Native Hawaiian, who is recognized as a traditional healing practitioner by native traditional religious leaders and who practices traditional healing methods as believed, expressed, and exercised in Indian religions of the American Indian, Eskimo, Aleut, and Native Hawaiians, consistent with the Native American Religious Freedom Act (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 481).

Help Desk

Staff tasked with responding to user problems or security incidents, and other support related roles (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

High Frequency Single Sideband (Hf Ssb)

Type of communications system, in the high frequency range, for long distance communications (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

High-3 Average Salary

The highest annual rate resulting from averaging, over any period of three consecutive years of creditable service, an employee's rate of basic pay in effect during that period, with each rate weighted by the time it was in effect (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 494).

Higher Education

Refers to education, training, research, and community service outreach at the post-secondary level (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 216).

Higher Education Community

Refers to the spectrum of individuals, institutions, and organizations integral to higher education, singly and in various combinations, local, regional, national and international, including associations, consortia and other forms of partnership. The term higher education in ADS Chapter 216 refers to both U.S, and host country institutions, except when one or the other is specified (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 216).

Higher Education Institutions

Are post-secondary institutions recognized as bona fide in their home countries. In the United States, recognition is by accrediting agencies recognized through the U.S. Department of Education. Normally, outside the United States, recognition is by a Ministry of Education or a national accrediting entity (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 216).

Higher Grade

See 5 CFR Sec. 531.202 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471).

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