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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
Assistance Executive

The Director, Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA/OD) or his or her designee in USAID/W who Acts as the Agency's coordinator for all assistance matters (that is, financial assistance that provides support to a non-governmental entity to accomplish a public purpose), which may require OMB approval (such as deviations to OMB Circulars or class deviations to OMB Circular A-110) - Makes final decisions for any appeals brought under 22 CFR 226.90 or the Standard Provision entitled Disputes, as applicable to non-US organizations and - Makes the final determination of the choice of implementation instrument when there is disagreement between the contracting activity and the assistance objective team (Chapters 303 and 304). Makes the final determination of the choice of implementation instrument when there is disagreement between the contracting activity and the assistance objective team (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 303 and 304).

Assistance Mechanism

A specific mode of assistance chosen to address an intended development result. a particular intervention chosen to solve a particular development problem or set of development problems. Examples of mechanisms include: food aid, housing guaranties or other loan guarantees or direct loans, debt-for-nature swaps, endowments, cash transfers, etc (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 250).

Assistance Objective Team

A group of people with complementary skills who are empowered to achieve a specific Foreign Assistance result for which they are willing to be held accountable. The primary responsibility of an assistance objective team is to make decisions in designing and implementing activities and projects related to accomplishing the result. Another essential function is to ensure open communication and collaboration across organizational boundaries at all phases of the development process. Assistance objective teams may decide to organize sub-teams if they wish to manage complex projects more efficiently. They are composed of USAID employees and those partners and customers considered to be essential for achieving the Foreign Assistance result (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Assistance Objectives (Aos)

The most ambitious result that a USAID Operating Unit, along with its partners, can materially affect, and for which it is willing to be held accountable (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 200).

Assistance Working Group

Assistance Working Groups include staff from State and USAID Regional or Pillar Bureaus, and are led by Country or Functional Coordinators from the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. They support Operating Units in addressing budgeting and programming issues.

Attribution

Ascribing a causal link between observed changes (results) and a specific intervention. A result is attributable to the USAID, or USAID can claim credit for a result, even when other partners are involved in achieving the result, if USAID can claim that without USAID intervention the outcome would not have taken place (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Audit

To conduct the independent review and examination of system records and activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Audit Action Officer (Aao)

The USAID employee assigned specific responsibility for responding to recommendations from audits and ensuring that corrective action is completed (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 595).

Audit Finding

The answer to an audit objective that is supported by sufficient, competent, and relevant evidence (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 590).

Audit Follow-Up

The process used to ensure that prompt and responsive action is taken on findings and recommendations contained in final audit reports (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 595).

Audit Management Officer (Amo)

The individual designated to coordinate and monitor the overall audit program at the Mission, Bureau, or Independent Office level (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 591, 592, 593, 595).

Audit Management Plan

An annual plan developed by USAID missions which outlines audit requirements for all non-U.S. contractors and grantees (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 591).

Audit Methodology

This defines the steps necessary to completely answer the audit objectives such as data used as audit evidence and tests performed to determine compliance with specific criteria and management control assessments (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 590).

Audit Notification

A formal notification from OIG to the prospective auditee regarding the date an audit will commence (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 592).

Audit Objective

This defines the purpose of the audit. The audit objective, normally formed as a question, determines the type of work to be performed and the auditing procedures to be followed (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 590).

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