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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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Term Definition
Nonprofit Organization

Any corporation, trust, association, cooperative or other organization that is operated primarily for service, charitable, scientific, educational or other similar purposes. is not organized for profit, and uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, and - or expand its operations (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 591).

Nonproject Assistance (Npa)

Nonproject assistance is also known as program assistance. The distinguishing feature of program assistance is the manner in which USAID resources are provided. Under this mode, USAID provides a generalized resource transfer, in the form of foreign exchange or commodities, to the recipient government. This is in contrast to other types of assistance in which USAID finances specific inputs, such as technical assistance, training, equipment, vehicles, or capital construction (This distinction parallels distinctions in law and previous USAID usage between project and nonproject assistance) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Nonrecord Material

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 - Chapter 502).

Nonreimbursable Details

Temporary loan of an employee from one Agency or body to another when employee's salary or benefits are not paid by the borrowing entity (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 432).

Nonsensitive Information

Any information that need not be safeguarded against disclosure, but must be safeguarded against tampering, destruction, or loss due to record value, utility, replacement cost or susceptibility to fraud, waste, or abuse (source: DOD 5200.28 - NISTIR 4659). Examples of nonsensitive information are: Travel of the Administrator or Deputy Administrator and all other employees to or through a medium or low terrorist threat environment, and information, the disclosure of which, does not adversely affect the conduct of Federal programs or the privacy to which individuals are entitled (i.e the information is so public it might appear in the newspaper) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Nonsovereign Risk

Private sector risk not backed by the full faith and credit of a sovereign nation. A risk assessment model approved by the Credit Review Board must be used to calculate the credit subsidy cost estimate for a DCA activity when the borrower is a nonsovereign entity (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 249).

Nonstatus Applicant

An individual who does not possess competitive status as a result of permanent Federal employment or other qualifying service specified in the CFR or other authorities. Non-status applicants may submit an application for the position when the area of consideration is extended to include such applicants. Qualified applicants may be referred to the selecting official as a secondary source for the position announced in accordance with established procedures (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Not Sustained Amount

The amount of a proposed management efficiency audit recommendation that is not agreeable to USAID (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 595).


A noteholder may be the initial investor, or subsequent eligible investor(s) which purchase the promissory note(s) associated with a Housing Guaranty borrowing. Promissory notes are transferable to new eligible investors (noteholders) over the life of the Housing Guaranty loan. Any changes of ownership of promissory note(s) are reflected in a register maintained for that purpose by the designated Paying and Transfer Agent (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 250).

Notice Period

The initial period stipulated in the original notice issued to employees which tells the period of time that they will be carried on the rolls of the Agency prior to their separation or furlough (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 453).

Notification Letter

A letter from GAO that announces a new review. The letter normally includes a brief description of the review intent and scope, the Congressional origin, GAO contact information, the job code, and fieldwork destinations if known (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 593).


The act by which the U.S. Embassy gives formal notice to the host government that the named individual is part of the U.S. Government presence in that country and that the individual has specific listed privileges and immunities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 155).

Notwithstanding Clause

The exclusionary clause in the IDA legislation which allows USAID to use IDA funds for disaster relief, rehabilitations and reconstruction not withstanding any other provision of law. This clause permits USAID to use expedited processes in the provision of assistance to disaster victims (See Supplementary References, FAA, Chapter 9, Section 491) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 251).

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