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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

Written specifications for an aspect of a video or motion picture production, such as settings, action, camera coverage, dialogue, narration, music, and sound effects (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502).


A national security classification applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause serious damage to the national security (source: Executive Order 12958). An example of SECRET information is: Exact key length required by machine crypto system, excluding verification bits and redundancy (source: NTISSI 4002) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 545, 552).

Section 511

A section of the FY 2002 Foreign Operation, Export Financing and Related Program Appropriations Act which provides that funds appropriated for the purposes identified in Section 511 remain available for an additional four years from the date on which the availability of such funds would otherwise have expired, if such funds are initially obligated before the expiration of their respective periods of availability (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 621, 634).

Sector Council

A group of technical experts in a given sector (for example, health, education, economic growth) who represent regional bureaus and the relevant pillar bureau. Sector councils meet regularly to discuss issues of concern to the sector and are a means of achieving technical consensus on a wide range of development issues. They also make policy and budget recommendations, identify and share best practices across geographic regions, and provide technical leadership within USAID.

Sector Program Assistance

Contributions to carry out wide-ranging development plans in a defined sector such as agriculture, education, transportation, etc. Assistance is made available in cash or in kind, with or without restrictions on the specific use of the funds, but on the condition that the recipient executes a development plan in favor of the sector concerned (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 221).

Secure Room

Any room with floor-to-ceiling, slab-to-slab construction of some substantial material, i.e concrete, brick, cinder block, plywood, or plaster board. Any window areas or penetrations of wall areas over six inches must be covered with either grilling or substantial type material. Entrance door must be constructed of solid wood, metal etc and be capable of holding a DS-approved, three-way combination lock with interior extension (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Security And Safety

Protection of the well-being of USAID employees, facilities, and classified or sensitive information (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 527, 529).

Security Classification Guide

A document prepared for the sole or principal purpose of providing instructions about the derivative classification of information about a particular program, project, or subject (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 567, 568).

Security Clearance

A certification that a U.S. citizen, who requires access to information classified at a certain level, has been found security eligible under USAID standards (authority #16) and may be permitted access to classified information at the specified level (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 566).

Security Container

A container (safe) that houses a built-in, three position, dial-type combination lock and is approved by the General Services Administration (GSA) for storage of classified information (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Security Eligibility

A security status based on favorable adjudication of a required personnel security investigation. it indicates that an individual is deemed trustworthy for employment in a sensitive position, and may be granted a clearance for access to classified information up to the level of eligibility if required in the performance of official duties (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 566, 567).

Security Incident

An event that results in the failure to safeguard classified materials in accordance with Executive Order 12958, Classified National Security Information, 12 FAM 500, and ADS 566. The consequence of a security incident is either a security infraction or a security violation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 545, 568).

Security Infraction

A failure to properly safeguard classified material that does not result in the actual or probable compromise of the material e.g., improperly stored classified material within a controlled access area (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 568).

Security Inspection

A formal inquiry to assess compliance with security standards, policies, and procedures (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Security Level

The security level for an information system is defined by the potential impact on a system should a breach in security occur. {Sources: NIST SP 800-60, FIPS 199} (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

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