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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
Calendar Week

See 5 CFR Sec. 531.403 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471).

Call Sign

Short alpha - numeric designator used to identify radio users or locations (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 562).

Canceled Forms

Forms that are canceled or superseded because they are no longer needed, the procedures have changed, or two or more forms have been combined (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 505).

Candidate Applicant Tracking System (Cats)

A computerized applicant tracking system, established and maintained by M - HR - WPRS, documenting applicants' status through the final selection process (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 468).

Candidate Development Program

An OPM-approved program designed to prepare individuals through developmental assignments and formal training for career appointment to the SES. Participants are chosen through a competitive SES merit staffing process. Those who successfully complete the program are eligible for certification by the Qualifications Review Board and may receive an SES career appointment without further competition (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Candidate Or Interviewee

An individual who has applied for (or is being considered for) a position in the Agency who 1) Has never worked for the Federal Government 2) Has worked for the Federal Government in the past or 3) Is currently employed by the Federal Government in a Federal agency outside of the Washington, D.C commuting area, regardless of the type of appointment (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 467).

Capable Of Being Substantially Reproduced

Means that independent reanalysis of the original or supporting data using the same methods would generate similar analytical results, subject to an acceptable degree of imprecision (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 578).

Capacity Development

Approaches, strategies, or methodologies used by USAID and its stakeholders to change, transform, and improve performance at the individual, organizational, sector, or broader system level (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Capital Assets

Land, structures, equipment, intellectual property (e.g., software) and information technology (including IT service contracts). That are used by the Federal Government and have an estimated useful life of two years or more (See OMB Exhibit 300 (OMB Circular A-11, Preparation and Submission of Budget Estimates, Part 7, Section 300 for more information) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 577).

Capital Leases

Capital leases are leases that transfer substantially all the benefits and risks of ownership to the lessee. If, at its inception, a lease transfers ownership of the property to the lesSee at the end of the lease term or contains an option to purchase the leased property at a bargain, the lease should be classified as a capital lease (source: SFFAS 6) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 629).

Capital Planning And Investment Control (Cpic) Process

A decision-making process for ensuring that information technology (IT) investments integrate strategic planning, budgeting, procurement, and the management of IT in support of Agency missions and business needs. In concert with strategic planning, budget, and procurement processes, the CPIC process is the basis for identifying, prioritizing, and managing a portfolio of IT investments compatible with the Agency enterprise architecture (EA). To achieve performance and compliance goals with the lowest life-cycle costs and risks (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 577).

Capital Projects

Capital projects include the architectural and engineering design study, construction of physical infrastructure, and operations and maintenance of the facility. In general, capital projects include the following types of activities: transport (roads, ports, and rail) power (generation and transmission) telecommunications, environmental technology, agriculture (irrigation and infrastructure) urban environment, water supply, wastewater treatment, information technology, and construction or reconstruction of physical facilities in any sector under any assistance objective (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 221).


To record and carry forward into one or more future periods any expenditure from which the benefits or process will then be realized (source: SFFAS 6) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 629).

Capitalized Personal Property

Capitalized personal property is nonexpendable personal property that has an invoice cost of $25,000 or more and an estimated service life of two years or longer that must be capitalized and reported on in the Agency's financial statements. State vehicles are capitalized property regardless of cost. For USAID, vehicles with a basic acquisition cost of under $25,000, including shipping costs, are not capitalized (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 518, 534, 547).

Cardholder (Ch)

At USAID headquarters, a U.S. direct-hire employee (USDH) or U.S. Personal Service Contractor (USPSC) who has been delegated authority from the Head of the Contracting Activity (HCA). To make purchases with the Purchase Card. For overseas Missions, the Cardholder may be a USDH, Foreign Service National, Third Country National, or USPSC who has been delegated purchasing authority by the HCA (in this case, the Mission Director) (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

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