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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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News Media Inquiries

Requests from members of the news media for statements, comments, publications, or other information regarding USAID and related activities and programs (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 559).

News Releases

Statements of policy, comments from USAID officers, data, or other information regarding USAID activities and programs provided to members of the news media for publication or for use in reporting on the activities of USAID and related topics (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 560).

News Summaries

News clippings from major newspapers and wire services related to foreign affairs and USAID (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 560).

Next Higher Rate Within The Grade

See 5 CFR Sec. 531.403 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471).

Niact - Immediate

The marking for outgoing telegrams that are to be delivered immediately - any day or night (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 549).

No Management Decision

A management decision has not yet been made regarding an audit recommendation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 595).

No-Pay Voucher

Vouchers that do not require a payment to be made. A travel voucher where the payee's expenses are offset by a liquidating entry to the travel advance account is an example of a no-pay voucher (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 630).

No-Year Appropriation

An appropriation that is available for obligation for an indefinite period of time. A no-year appropriation is usually identified by appropriation language such as to remain available until expended or without fiscal year limitation. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 634).

Non-Agency System

A system that does not meet the entire definition for an Agency system, e.g. privately owned systems and systems operated by other U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments and private industry (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Non-Career Candidate

Appointments are appropriate when the knowledge skills required for a particular program or project in AID Foreign Service cannot reasonably be provided by career employees. Appointments are limited to short-term, specific operational needs overseas, and may be of variable duration as established at the time of appointment not to exceed five years (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 412). An employee hired for a time limited appointment that is not intended to lead to a full career with the Agency (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 468).

Non-Career Employee

An employee hired for a time-limited appointment that requires skills linked to short-term USAID Foreign Service overseas staffing needs (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 415).

Non-Competitive Eligible

Those who meet qualification requirements for a particular position but are not required to compete under merit promotion requirements for the position (due to prior competition or exemption for some other reason). Examples include reassignment candidates, 30 percent disabled veterans, and reinstatement or transfer eligible applying for positions with no greater promotion potential. These candidates are not required to meet area of consideration or closing date requirements, and are referred directly to the selecting official on an unranked list (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Non-Conformance

Instances in which financial management systems do not substantially conform to established financial systems requirements. Financial management systems include both financial or financially-related (or mixed) systems (FMFIA Section A, OMB Circular A-123) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 596).

Non-Critical Element

A work objective that, while sufficiently important to be documented on the Annual Evaluation Form (AEF) would not result in an Unacceptable summary rating for the annual rating cycle if performance on this objective was unacceptable (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 462).

Non-Disclosure Agreement

A legal contract between two parties which outlines confidential materials the parties wish to share with one another for certain purposes, but wish to restrict from generalized use.

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