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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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Waiver

The cancellation, remission, forgiveness, or non-recovery of a debt allegedly owed by an employee to an agency as permitted or required by 5 U.S.C. 5584 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625). The written permission required to eliminate the requirements of a specific policy. Authorized individuals may grant waivers to meet specific business needs (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545). An exemption from established rules. A Purchase Cardholder must write an explanation to justify a waiver request when making an open market purchase if a required source also offers the product or service (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

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