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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
R1

Also known as the TraiNet Operator or Initiator, this individual is responsible for entering Exchange Visitor information into TraiNet accurately and completely without error, thus initiating the J-1 visa issuance process. The R-1 is also responsible for entering Exchange Visitor status changes and changes to the Exchange Visitor's biographical information throughout the course of the program (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

R2

Also known as the Verifier, this individual is generally the supervisor of the R-1, and accesses the Visa Compliance System (VCS) and verifies that all information imported into VCS from TraiNet regarding all Exchange Visitors is complete, correct, and error free. The R-2 is also responsible for verifying Exchange Visitor status changes and changes to the Exchange Visitor's biographical information throughout the course of the program. A Mission or Bureau - Independent Office Approver must nominate all R-2's. The role of the R-2 must not be performed by an R-1 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

R3

Also known as the Approver, this individual is a United States citizen member of the Mission or Bureau - Independent Office staff who is responsible for approving all exchange visits to the United States and some Exchange Visitor status changes and biographical updates. The R-3 also certifies that a Security Risk Inquiry has been conducted for each Exchange Visitor and Dependent who is approved for travel to the United States. The Mission or USAID - Washington Office Director must appoint the R-3 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

R4

Also known as the Submitter, the R-4 is the USAID - Washington Responsible Officer or Alternate Responsible Officer. The R-4 accesses both the Visa Compliance System (VCS) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). All data regarding an Exchange Visitor that must be updated or input into SEVIS, must be submitted by the R-4. The R-4 is responsible for printing, signing and expeditiously shipping to USAID Missions, all Exchange Visitor Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1). Status (Form DS-2019) generated by SEVIS (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

Radio Frequency

The number of complete alternating electrical currents. The unit of frequency measurement is the hertz (hz) and is one cycle per second. Radio frequencies fall between 3 Khz and 30 Ghz and the radio spectrum is divided into eight frequency bands: Frequency Classification Designation 3 to 30 Khz Very low frequency VLF 30 to 300 Khz Low Frequency LF 300 to 3000 Khz Medium frequency MF 3 to 30 Mhz High frequency HF 30 to 300 Mhz Very high frequency VHF 300 to 3000 Mhz Ultra high frequency UHF 3 to 30 Ghz Super high frequency SHF 30 to 300 Ghz Extremely high frequency EHF (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 564).

Radio System

Describes the total equipment required at a specific post to operate a two-way voice radio network, e.g., a base station, repeater, antennas, mobile and residential radios (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Rank Award

An award granted by the President to career SES members, following nomination by their agency and recommendation by the Director of OPM. Meritorious Executive rank is sustained accomplishment and carries a lump-sum payment of $10,000. Distinguished Executive rank is for sustained extraordinary accomplishment and carries a lump-sum payment of $20,000 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Rate Of Basic Pay

For pay-setting purposes, the rate of basic pay means the rate of pay fixed by law or administrative action for the position held by an employee or, in the case of an employee who is entitled to grade or pay retention, the employee's retained rate of pay, before any deductions and exclusive of additional pay of any other kind, such as locality-based comparability payments under 5 USC 5304 or special pay adjustments for law enforcement officers under section 302 or 404 of the Federal Employees Pay Comparability Act of 1990 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423). See 5 CFR Sec. 531.202 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471). See 5 CFR 536.102. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 474). Rate of basic pay means, for any pay system, the rate of pay fixed by law or administrative action for the position held by an employee before any deductions and exclusive of additional pay of any kind such as night or environmental differentials in the case of a prevailing rate employee (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 470 and 474).

Rate Of Basic Pay [Recruitment And Relocation Bonuses]

The rate of pay fixed by law or administrative action for the position to which the employee is being newly appointed, or to which the employee is being relocated, before deductions and exclusive of additional pay of any kind, such as locality payments under 5 U.S.C. 5304 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 467).

Rate Of Basic Pay [Retention Allowances]

The rate of pay fixed by law or administrative action for the position held by an employee, before deductions and exclusive of additional pay of any kind, such as locality pay (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 467).

Rate Schedule

See 5 CFR 536.102 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 474).

Rater Of Record (Foreign Service)

The Rating Official who supervises the employee at the end of the evaluation period, March 31 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 461).

Rating Of Record (Civil Service)

The performance rating prepared at the end of the appraisal period for performance over the entire period and the assignment of a summary rating (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 462).

Rating Official

The employee's immediate supervisor or team leader, as designated by the Principal Officer (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 461, 462). The executive's immediate supervisor who prepares the initial summary rating (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 421).

Real Estate Expenses

Allowable expenses for the sale of the residence (or expenses of settlement of an unexpired lease) at the old official station and for purchase of a home at the new official station for which reimbursement is received by the employee (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 524).

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