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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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Decision Officer

The individual who has the responsibility of making the final Agency decision, normally the Chief, Bureau for Management, Office of Human Resources, Labor and Employee Relations Branch (M - HR - LERPM - LER) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 490). The officer designated by the Administrator who is responsible for determining that an exigency of the public business exists, and that there is no alternative to cancellation of approved leave. Decision officers are (a) assistant administrators and heads of Directorates, and independent offices reporting directly to the Administrator or an associate administrator, and (b) heads of overseas Posts (limited to determining that an exigency exists and concurring to cancellation of scheduled leave by approving officer). If the officer's leave is affected or if the decision officer approved the leave in question, the decision authority passes to the next higher level (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 480).

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