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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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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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