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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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Service Agreement [Recruitment And Relocation Bonuses]

In conjunction with a recruitment bonus means a written agreement between USAID and a newly appointed employee under which the employee agrees to complete a one-year period of employment with the Agency in return for payment of a recruitment bonus. In conjunction with a relocation bonus means a written agreement between USAID and an employee under which the employee agrees to complete a one-year period of employment with the Agency at the new duty station to which relocated in return for payment of a relocation bonus (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 467).

Service Agreement [Travel Expenses For Candidates' Pre-Employment Interviews And New Appointees]

A written agreement initiated by USAID and signed by a newly appointed employee under which the employee agrees to remain employed with the Federal Government for twelve months in return for payment of travel and transportation expenses (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 467).

Service Mark

Similar to a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than a product (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 318).

Services

The performance of identifiable tasks, rather that the delivery of an end item of supply (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 310). Provision of administrative assistance or something of benefit to the public (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 528).

Servicing Agency

The Federal agency that provides goods or services to another agency under the authority of the Economy Act or similar legislation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 306).

Ses Career Appointee

An individual in an SES position whose appointment to the position, or previous appointment to another SES position, was based on a competitive SES merit staffing process and whose executive qualifications for the SES were certified by a Qualifications Review Board, or an individual who converted to the SES with a career appointment (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Ses Limited Emergency Appointee

An individual who was appointed non-competitively, under a non-renewable appointment not to exceed 18 months, to an SES General position to meet a bona fide, unanticipated, urgent need (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Ses Limited Term Appointee

An individual who was appointed non-competitively, under a non-renewable appointment not to exceed three years, to an SES General position, the duties of which shall expire at the end of such term (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Ses Non-Career Appointee

An individual, other than one serving under a career or limited appointment, who was appointed non-competitively to an SES General position (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Ses Position

A position that is classified above GS-15, or is in level IV or V of the Executive Schedule, or an equivalent position, which is not required to be filled by President appointment with Senate confirmation, and in which the incumbent: 1) Directs the work of an organizational unit. 2) Is held accountable for the success of one or more specific programs or projects. 3) Monitors progress toward organizational goals, and periodically evaluates and makes appropriate adjustments to such goals. 4) Supervises the work of employees other than personal assistants, or 5) Otherwise exercises important policy-making, policy-determining, or other executive functions (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Settle

See 6 FAM 311.3 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 521).

Severable - Non-Severable

A contract that, if terminated, still provides a benefit from the amounts paid - obligated is considered to be severable. For example, an organization has a service contract to wash 1,000 windows during the next 6 months. If the contract is terminated after only 10 windows are washed, the organization has the benefit of 10 clean windows (and presumably would not have to pay for the windows that were not washed). This contract would be considered to be severable. If the contract is for a study, however, terminating the contract before the study is completed leaves nothing: so the contract would be considered to be non-severable. Some contracts may be severable in part. For example, if you sign a contract with a company which covers the purchase of 20 LAN servers and maintenance of the servers for 18 months, the portion of the contract relating to the purchase would be considered to be non-severable while the portion relating to maintenance would be severable (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 546, 603).

Sevis

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement controlled database of Exchange Visitors traveling to the U.S. To pursue Exchange Visitor activities, pursuant to the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002 Pub. L. 107-173 - H.R. 3525 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

Sex

A biological construct that defines males and females according to physical characteristics and reproductive capabilities. For monitoring and reporting purposes, USAID disaggregates data by sex, not by gender. Gender and sex are not synonyms. See gender (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Sffac

Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Concepts are documents that describe the concepts used by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board in recommending standards. Concept statements are not authoritative, but may be useful in understanding specific Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 620).

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