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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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Time-Off Award

Time off from duty, without loss of pay or charge to leave, to encourage and reward superior accomplishments or other personal efforts that contribute to the quality, efficiency, or economy of Government operations (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Tmc

A Travel Management Center is a commercial travel agent under joint contract with the General Services Administration (GSA) and federal agencies or departments (6 FAM-111.3) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 522, 523, 524, and 525).

Token (Specifically: Authentication Token)

A portable device used for authenticating a user. Authentication tokens operate by challenge - response, time-based code sequences, or other techniques (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Top Secret

A national security classification applied to information, the unauthorized disclosure of which reasonably could be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security (source: Executive Order 12958). An example of TOP SECRET information is information or evaluations which reveal vulnerabilities of a weapons system, communication security subsystems and associated storage media to attack (source: NTISSI 4002) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 545, 552).

Total Disability

The inability of an employee to work in any capacity as a result of a work-related injury or occupational disease or illness (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 442).

Traceability

The ability to trace a policy to or from a rule of behavior (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Trade-In

The act or business of exchanging commodities by barter, or by buying and selling for money. commerce. Traffic. barter (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 536).

Trade-Related Activities

Capital goods, capital equipment, and capital-related commodity procurements and services inherent in the operation of a capital project. All such trade-related activities collectively are referred to as capital projects. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 221).

Trademark

A word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 318).

Trainee Position

A position involving a well-defined training program established for a career or career conditional employee of a definite duration. The training may be on-the-job or formal training. Assigned tasked are performed on a rotating or non-rotating basis and under close guidance and instruction, with promotion scheduled upon satisfactory completion of the training period. A trainee who does not satisfactorily complete the training period will be reassigned to a different position (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Trainet

USAID's corporate database system that enables the planning and reporting of information on all USAID training activities, including in-country training. TraiNet is the single source of information required for producing the DS-2019 form. Data collected by USAID or its partners via TraiNet includes measures of results and performance monitoring, training, participant and program identification, and costs and cost-sharing. The TraiNet software is a self-contained distributable application that helps Missions, contractors, and contractor systems at various locations to collaborate in training for results (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253). USAID database for reporting of information on all USAID training and Exchange Visitor activities. TraiNet is USAID's single repository of training and exchange data. TraiNet is a desktop and web-based application that helps Missions, contractors, and contractor systems at various locations to collaborate in training reporting (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252).

Training

A learning activity taking place in the U.S a third country, or in-country in a setting predominantly intended for teaching or imparting certain knowledge and information to the participants with formally designated instructors or lead persons, learning objectives, and outcomes, conducted fulltime or intermittently. The transfer of knowledge, skills, or attitudes (KSAs). Through structured learning and follow-up activities, or through less structured means, to solve problems or fill identified performance gaps. Training can consist of long-term academic degree programs, short- or long-term non-degree technical courses in academic or in other settings, non-academic seminars, workshops, on-the-job learning experiences, observational study tours, or distance learning exercises or interventions (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training Agreement

Also known as a Stakeholder Compact. A written agreement involving Participants, employers, and Sponsoring Units of specific performance change targets within the organizational setting of the Participants selected for training (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training Contractor

The organization hired by a Mission or USAID - W Bureau or Independent Office to help design, implement, or monitor aspects of results-oriented training under Mission guidance and authority See Implementer. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 252, 253).

Training Impact

Improvements in individual job or organizational performance attributable to new skills, knowledge, and attitudes (KSAs) acquired during training and applied at work settings, designed to contribute to institutional, sectoral, and host-country development objectives (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

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