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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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Tandem Couple

A married couple with both individuals assigned by orders to positions at an overseas post (FAM06-0700) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 535).

Tangible Benefits

Benefits or savings to the Government that can be measured in terms of dollars (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Tanker

A vessel used primarily for the carriage of bulk liquid cargoes such as liquid petroleum products, vegetable oils, and molasses (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 313).

Target

(See performance target).

Task - Delivery Order

A document that procures specific products and services through a master contract. It also sets the negotiated price at which the merchant must provide the products and services. A task - delivery order must comply with the terms and conditions in the master contract (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Tax Exempt

Not subject to Federal, state, or local taxes (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Tax Refund Offset

The reduction of a debtor's tax overpayments by the amount of legally enforceable debt owed to a Federal agency. A tax refund offset is a type of administrative offset (source: 31 CFR 285) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Taxpayer Identification Number (Tin)

The Social Security Number (SSN) for individuals or the Employee Identification Number (EIN) for business organizations or nonprofit entities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Team

A group of individuals coming together through consensus to achieve agreed upon objectives or results. Teams may be comprised of employees of USAID and - or other Federal agencies, partners, customers, and contractors. A team may or may not exist as an official organization unit. When serving as an organization unit, it functions within a Bureau, Independent Office, or Mission, as a Level II or below organization (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 102).

Team Leader

Team Leaders of parallel teams ensure that the work of their team is carried out by performing a range of coordinating and supportive duties and responsibilities. To be effective, Team Leaders must use a variety of skills in facilitation, communication, coordination, negotiation, consensus building, problem solving, and other areas of interpersonal behavior. Team Leaders of aligned teams serve as supervisors of these organization units and are usually titled as supervisory. Team Leaders of permanent teams possess many, but not all, of the supervisory responsibilities usually residing with formal supervisors as well as many of the features of parallel team leaders (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 102). Team Leaders are player coaches who work with a group of team members to achieve specific tasks, produce analytical work products and services, meet long - short term program goals, and are also responsible for individual team tasks (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 202, 203, 204, 251, 305, 462).

Teamwork

The process whereby a group of people work together (often by dividing tasks among members based on relative skills). To reach a common goal, to solve a particular problem, or to achieve a specified set of results (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 102).

Tec

Total Estimated Cost (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 631).

Technical - Default Reestimate

A reestimate of the subsidy cost of direct loans or loan guarantees based the latest projections on defaults, delinquencies, recoveries, and prepayments, and other cash flow components (SFFAS 18) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 623).

Technical Architecture For Information Technology (It)

The conceptual model of USAID's information technology equipment - hardware, computer software, telecommunications and procedures which go together to build a fully functional information system. The Technical Architecture identifies the need for a resource, such as a computer, communications device, or a problem isolation procedure and also identifies feasible products that meet the need (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 544).

Technical Assistance

The provision of goods or services to developing countries and other USAID recipients in direct support of a development objective-as opposed to the internal management of the foreign assistance program (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 306).

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