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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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Responsible Official

An employee's supervisor or any appropriate official who holds immediate jurisdiction over the matter being grieved (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 490).

Responsive Material

Interpreted broadly, any material or information that is directly relevant to or could lead to the discovery of material or information that is relevant to the subject of the hold (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 158).

Restatement (Of Direct Loans Or Loan Guarantees)

Refers to establishing a new book value of a direct loan or the liability of a loan guarantee (SFFAS 2) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 623).

Restoration

The return of an SES employee who leaves the Agency to serve on active duty, including training, in the Armed Forces or who has recovered from a compensable injury (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423).

Restored Annual Leave

Leave that was forfeited but is approved for restoration and placed in a separate leave account (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 480).

Restricted Computer Software

Computer software developed at private expense that is a trade secret and is commercial or financial and confidential or privileged, or is copyrighted computer software, including minor modifications of the computer software (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 318).

Restricted Rights

Generally, restricted rights bar USAID from using, reproducing or disclosing copyrighted information outside the U.S. Government without permission from the party owning the copyright (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 318).

Restricted Space

An area where storage, processing, discussions, and handling of classified material is authorized (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 565, 567).

Restrictive Trade Practices And Boycotts

These are defined in 15 CFR 760 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 313).

Result

A significant, intended, and measurable change in the condition of a customer, or a change in the host country, institutions, or other entities that will affect the customer directly or indirectly. Results are typically broader than USAID-funded outputs and require support from other donors and partners not within USAID's control (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200, 203).

Results Framework

In the context of defining a program objective, it is necessary to identify the critical results (or interrelated changes) which are necessary to accomplish that objective. This analysis will produce a results framework which must provide enough information so that it adequately illustrates the development hypothesis (or cause and effect linkages) represented in the strategy and thereby assists in communicating the basic premise of the strategy. The results framework must also be useful as a management tool and therefore focuses on the key results which must be monitored to indicate progress (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 250). A planning, communications, and management tool, which conveys the development hypothesis implicit in the strategy and the cause-and-effect linkages between the Intermediate Results (IR) and the assistance objective (AO). A Results Framework 229includes the AO and the IRs necessary to achieve the AO, whether funded by USAID or its partners. It includes any critical assumptions that must hold for the development hypothesis to lead to achieving the relevant objective. Typically, it is laid out in graphic form supplemented by narrative (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200, 203, 204, 250, 305).

Results Package

A results package is a shorthand designation for items that contribute to achieving a particular result. Some Operating Units have used the term as a name for documentation used to obtain approval for a set of activities and to define AO sub-teams that concentrate on a particular new set of activities. The term is no longer officially used. Documentation to approve activities is called Activity Approval Documentation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-204, 250, 305).

Results Package Team

A group of people who manage a results package. The results package team is established by a parent assistance objective team (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 250).

Results Review And Resource Request (R4)

The document, which is reviewed internally and submitted to USAID - W by the operating unit on an annual basis. The R4 contains two components: the results review and the resource request. Judgement of progress will be based on a combination of data and analysis and will be used to inform budget decision making (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 103, 201, 202, 203, 204, 250).

Retention Register

A listing prepared by the Agency for a specific competitive level which will be reached by RIF, listing all competing employees by tenure group, veteran preference, length of service, and performance in descending order (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 452). A list of employees in a single Competitive Level which is prepared by the Office of Human Resources. Employees on a Retention Register are grouped first by tenure into two groups. career and career candidate appointments, within a Competitive Level. Within each group, FS employees will be ranked in order of retention based on factors which include performance and service with the U.S. Government (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 454).

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