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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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Centralized Offset

Centralized Offset or Treasury Offset Program (TOP) is a process that allows agencies to submit delinquent debts to one centralized location, Financial Management Service, for collection through the offset of all eligible Federal payments (TFM - DMS Managing Federal Receivables) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Ceq Regulations

Regulations promulgated by the President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Federal Register, Volume 43, Number 230, November 29, 1978) under the authority of NEPA and Executive Order 11514, entitled Protection and Enhancement of Envi-ronmental Quality (March 5, 1970) as amended by Executive Order 11991 (May 24, 1977) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 204).

Certificate Of Appointment (Sf 1402)

A document, also referred to as a warrant, used to re-delegate purchasing authority (See also WARRANT) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 331).

Certification

The comprehensive evaluation of the technical and non-technical security features of an information system and other safeguards, made in support of the accreditation process, to establish the extent to which a particular design and implementation meets a set of specified security requirements. {Source: NSTISSI No. 1000} (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Certification Authority (Ca)

The USAID official who certifies that a particular information system (IS) has completed the Certification and Accreditation (C&A) process, and is ready for Accreditation by the Designated Security Accreditation Authority (DSAA) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Cfo

The Chief Financial Officer of USAID or a USAID employee or official designated to act on the CFO's behalf (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 625, 631).

Change Control Board (Ccb)

one of the teams that evaluates the impact of proposed changes to the USAID baseline configuration, and determines if, and when, the changes are to be implemented (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Channel Captions

Restrict Action telegrams to designated offices or individuals in USAID - Washington (USAID - W) or USAID missions (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 549).

Channel Guard

An Ericcson terminology for a sub-audible tone used for encoding or decoding a channel (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 564).

Character And Experience-Based Loans

A form of collateral substitute in which the initial loan is very small, but access to gradually increasing loans is assured as long as the borrower maintains a satisfactory repayment record (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 219).

Charter - Charter Party

A contract for the hire of a ship or aircraft or portion thereof, for one or more voyages or flights, or for a period of time. Its clauses include freight rate, despatch, demurrage, brokerage commissions, etc. as well as provisions established by international agreements and, by reference, provisions of law. The charter - charter party usually overrides any provisions of the carrier's bill of lading, although it may provide that the bill of lading shall serve as a receipt for the cargo (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 314).

Chief Financial Officers Council

The Chief Financial Officers (CFO) Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-576). CFO Act established a Chief Financial Officers Council. The act specifies that the Council will be chaired by OMB's Deputy Director for Management. Other members will be OMB's Controller, Treasury's Fiscal Assistant Secretary, and the agency CFOs appointed under the act (CFO Act P.L. 101-576) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 630).

Chief Information Security Officer (Ciso)

The Information Systems Security Officer, appointed by the CIO, is charged with protecting all network and automated information processing systems for the Agency by issuing policy, guidelines, and other such direction. The CISO is the authority for all security matters where AIS are concerned (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Chief Of Mission

Chief of Mission is the principal officer in charge of a diplomatic mission of the United States or of a United States office abroad which is designated by the Secretary of State as diplomatic in nature, including any individual assigned to be temporarily in charge of such a mission or office (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 530).

Chief Privacy Officer (Cpo)

The individual who has overall Agency responsibility for policy development, oversight, and implementation of an agency-wide privacy program (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 508).

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