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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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Career Appointment

A permanent appointment in which the employee has competitive status (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 412). An appointment in the Foreign Service without a time limitation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 415).

Career Candidate

Appointments are appropriate for persons who aspire to a long-term USAID Foreign Service career and whose qualifications meet a continuing requirement (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 412). An employee hired for a time-limited appointment which is intended to lead to a full career with the Agency (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 415, 468). Non-tenured Foreign Service employee (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 458).

Career Conditional Appointment

An appointment which gives competitive status upon completion of a probationary period and which automatically converts to a career appointment upon completion of 3 years of creditable service (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 412).

Career Development Groups (Cdg)

CDGs are comprised of approximately 15 Presidential Management Interns (PMIs). from a cross section of Federal agencies, one group leader - advisor and a co-leader - advisor, from high level management. CDGs usually meet once a month for program meetings and - or group activities. The purpose of a CDG is to provide educational and developmental activities, programs and experiences for the PMIs within the group, as well as support and networking (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 460).

Career Development Officer (Cdo)

A full-time counselor responsible for a specific occupational category who assists the IDI supervisor in the development of individual training plans, monitors the training aspects of the program, provides counseling in the areas of career progression and performance strengths and weaknesses and ensures that required training and performance evaluations are obtained. In addition, the CDO recommends, in consultation with the Regional Bureaus, the initial overseas assignment, ensuring that there is a qualified officer at post to provide training to the IDI. The CDO also serves as a member of the Technical Review Committee (TRC) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 459).

Career Ladder Position

A position of increasing difficulty in the same line of work through which an employee may progress from a lower or entry level to the level of full performance. 1. Entry Level - The lowest grade level in a career ladder. 2. Full-Performance Level - The last grade reached in a career-ladder position as a result of the original merit promotion action, or as a result of original competitive appointment (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Career Reserved Position

An SES position that must be filled by an SES career appointee (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Career Senior Executive Service

Executives appointed by the Administrator under the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 in conformance with the established rules and regulations applicable to other Civil Service employees (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 412).

Career Transition Assistance Plans (Ctap) For Local Surplus And Displaced Employees

Presidential memorandum dated September 12, 1995 entitled Career Transition Assistance for Federal Employees sets policy by the U.S. Government to provide services to help surplus and displaced Federal employees affected by downsizing and restructuring to take charge of their own careers and find other job offers either within the Federal Government or in the private sector. When filling a vacancy, an agency must select an employee eligible under these regulations before selecting any other candidate from within or outside the agency. unless the agency can show that another employee would otherwise be separated by reduction in force (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418).

Career-Conditional

Tenure of a permanent employee in the competitive service who has not completed three years of substantially continuous Federal service (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 413).

Cargo Preference

The requirement to use U.S. flag ocean carriers in accordance with the provisions of Section 901(b) of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, as amended (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 314, 315).

Carpool

A group of two or more people using a motor vehicle for transportation to and from work (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 514).

Case Files

Case files relate to a specific action, event, person, organization, location, product, or thing. Case files often represent the mission, function, or work of the office (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502). Individuals or groups may receive a monetary award granted for specific commendable acts or contributions in the course of Government service. Cash awards include Special Act and On-the-Spot Awards (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 491).

Category A Posts

Overseas posts that use APO - FPO facilities to transport mail (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 513).

Central Mail Facility

Central mailroom located in the Ronald Reagan Building (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 513).

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