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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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Non-Discretionary Advisory Committee

An advisory committee mandated by Presidential directive or statute (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 105).

Non-Duty Hours

The period when the majority of personnel are not at work (1700-0800 hours, Monday through Friday, plus weekends and holidays) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 531).

Non-Expendable Personal Property

Property such as furniture, office machines, information technology (IT). equipment, and communications equipment that (1) is complete in itself (2) does not lose its identity or become a component part of another item when used, and (3) is of a durable nature with an anticipated useful life of over two years (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 518, 534, 629).

Non-Federal Auditor

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) (or equivalent). operating as a sole practitioner, or a CPA (or equivalent) firm (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 591).

Non-Financial System

An information system that supports nonfinancial functions or components. Any financial data included in the system are insignificant to Agency financial management and - or not required for the preparation of financial statements (OMB Circular A-127) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 620).

Non-Government Funded Calls

Personal calls that must be made during working hours (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 549).

Non-Government Training

Training that is provided by or through a private facility which is not owned or run by the Government (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 458).

Non-Governmental Organization (Ngo)

Any non-governmental organization or entity, whether non-profit or profit-making, receiving or providing USAID-funded assistance under an assistance instrument or contract (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 206).

Non-Presence Country

A country where USAID does not have a Mission or Representative Office (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).


U.S. Government-owned informational materials excluded from legal definition of records. documentation - correspondence that does not document USAID's policies, procedures, practices or operations. Includes extra copies of documents kept only for convenience or reference, stocks of publications of processed documents, and library or museum materials intended solely for reference or exhibition (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 158, 502).


An Exchange Visitor who has remained in the U.S. after the conclusion of his or her program. Non-Returnees may include individuals who have remained in the U.S, and have applied for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement. They may also include no-show's and individuals who fail to appear for their Exchange Visitor program. A non-returnee may also be an individual who departs the United States but does not return to their home country (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252, 253).

Non-Sensitive Position

Any position in USAID that does not fall within the definition of a sensitive position (special-sensitive position, critical-sensitive position, or noncritical-sensitive position) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 566, 567).

Non-Temporary Storage - Continuous Storage

Allowable expenses for continuous storage of household goods belonging to Agency employees (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 523, 524, 525).

Nonfinancial Assistance

In the context of microenterprise development, any effort undertaken to improve the performance of individual microenterprises or of microenterprises as a group other than through microfinance. Includes, but is not restricted to training of individual microentrepreneurs. efforts to link microenterprises with suppliers or markets for their output. The development and extension of technologies for use by microentrepreneurs, and lobbying efforts for improvements in policies and - or institutions affecting microenterprises (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 219).

Nonmonetary Award

Nonmonetary awards include medals, certificates, plaques, citations, badges, or other similar items that have an award or honor connotation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

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