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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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The Platform for Privacy Preferences Project (P3P). enables Web sites to express their privacy practices in a standard format that can be retrieved automatically and interpreted easily by user agents. P3P user agents will allow users to be informed of site practices (in both machine- and human-readable formats) and to automate decision-making based on these practices when appropriate. Thus users need not read the privacy policies at every site they visit (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 557).

Paper Review Committee (Prc)

Technically competent decision-making group gathered from the Agency's ranks, somewhat of the same makeup as the TRC and the FSC. Members of the PRC must be of the same technical and positional background as the applicant. PRC members shall also be represented on the TRC (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 468).

Paperwork Reduction Act (Pra)

This legislation was passed to minimize the paperwork burden and ensure greatest public benefit from information collected by or for the Federal Government. Other purposes for this law include minimizing costs, improving the quality, use, and dissemination of information collected, consistent with all applicable laws (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 508).

Parallel Team

A team that exists concurrently with the existing organization structure. Examples include an assistance objective team that exists alongside or within technical offices and a temporary team established for a special task with crosscutting membership drawn from existing offices. Team Leaders of parallel teams do not serve as formal supervisors over team members but do provide input to the formal supervisor for performance evaluations of team members (See also aligned team and permanent team) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 102).


A given framework or condition within which decision-making takes place, e.g., Agency goals, earmarks, legislation, framework goals, staffing, funding levels, funding source, and time frame (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Parameter Setting

(See planning parameters).

Parastatal Entities

Government-funded or-owned organizations that are often otherwise independent of government and whose debt obligations are generally not backed by the full faith and credit of the sovereign government (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 249).


A biological parent or an individual who stands or stood in loco parentis to an employee when the employee was a son or daughter. This term does not include parents in law. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 481).

Paris Club

A process that debtor governments follow to reschedule or refinance official debt (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 623).


A comparison between current cost of production and price received for an agricultural commodity and a similar ratio of costs and prices from the reference years of 1910-1914 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 312).

Parking Space

The area allocated in a parking facility for the temporary storage of one passenger-carrying motor vehicle (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 514).

Part-Time Career Employment

The employment of an individual serving under an excepted or competitive service appointment in tenure group I or II under a part-time work schedule of 16-32 hours per week (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 413).

Part-Time Employment

Employment of 16 to 32 hours per week where there has been established in advance a regular and specific tour of duty on two or more days of each administrative workweek (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 499).

Partial Disability

An employee is unable to return to regular duty but is not totally disabled (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 442).

Partial Payment

Payment made for goods actually delivered or services actually rendered, when such goods or services represent complete performance of an identifiable part of the total fixed-price contract or other procurement arrangement (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 636).

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