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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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Customers, peers, other managers, subordinates, and other individuals with whom or for whom an employee may have worked who can provide feedback, from their various perspectives, about an employee's performance during any period of performance currently being evaluated(USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - (Chapters 461, 462).

401(k) Defined Contribution Pension Plan

A pension plan that requires the employer to specify an amount to contribute but does not specify the amount that may be paid as a benefit to the participant(USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 637).

656 Committee

Interagency Federal Energy Policy Committee, the group designated in section 656 of the DOE Organization Act to provide general oversight for interdepartmental FEMP matters. It is chaired by the Under Secretary of DOE and includes the designated Assistant Secretaries or Assistant Administrator of the Department of Defense, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Agriculture, Interior and the U.S. Postal Service and General Services Administration, along with similar level representatives of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Veterans Administration (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 528).


Refers to a family of specifications developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for wireless network technology. 802.11 specifies an over-the-air interface between a wireless client and a base station or between two wireless clients. The range between units can be a few meters to over 450 meters. The IEEE accepted the specification in 1997 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

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