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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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Agency initiated or sponsored distribution of information to the public (See 5 C.F.R. 1320.3(d) definition of Conduct or Sponsor and OMB Circular A-130). Dissemination does not include distribution limited to government employees or agency contractors or grantees. intra- or inter-agency use or sharing of government information, and responses to requests for agency records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, or other similar law. This definition also does not include distribution limited to correspondence with individuals or persons, archival records, public filings, subpoenas, adjudicative processes, or press releases, fact sheets, press conferences, or similar communications in any medium that announce or support the announcement or give public notice of information USAID has disseminated elsewhere (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 578).

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