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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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Term Definition
Confidential Information

Information for which the unauthorized disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the national security, which the original classification authority is able to identify or describe (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Confidentiality

Assurance that information is held in confidence and protected from unauthorized disclosure (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Configuration Management

A discipline to ensure that the configuration of an item and its components is known and documented, and that any changes are controlled and tracked (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Conforming Amendment

Policy that does not require Automated Directives System (ADS). clearance because it alters ADS material in one of the following four ways: Includes new or revised external regulations only. This does not include the creation of new or revised USAID procedures to implement the regulation. Complies with policy already contained in other Automated Directives System (ADS) chapters or internal mandatory references. Incorporates written policy issued by the Administrator or Amends or adds one Bureau - Independent Office's procedures that do not have a substantial impact on any other Agency Bureau - Independent Office. Authors must send M - AS - IRD an e-mail explaining how the change does not substantively impact any other Bureau - Independent Office (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 501).

Congressional Correspondence

Any written request from Members of Congress or congressional staff regarding the activities of USAID and related topics (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 553).

Congressional Delegation (Codel)

(USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 555).

Congressional Inquiries

Requests for information from Members of Congress or congressional staff regarding the activities of USAID and related topics (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 553).

Congressional Reporting

Any reporting required under the Foreign Assistance Act, the Foreign Assistance and Related Agencies Appropriation Act, or any reporting requested by a Congressional Committee, Senator, or Congressman (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 506).

Congressional Testimony

Includes all appearances by USAID officers before committees of the United States House or Senate to testify regarding the activities of USAID and related issues (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 554).

Connection

A connection is any established communications path between two or more devices or services (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Consolidated Audit Tracking System (Cats)

An audit report and recommendation follow-up and tracking system shared by USAID and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 595).

Constructed Cost Data

Cost data extracted from various sources (usually parts of various of contractors' invoices) which is used to accumulate expenses associated with a particular internal software development effort. Once the data is accumulated, and if the capitalization criteria are met, the constructed cost data becomes the source documentation for recording the accounting entry. This requires the worksheet (usually an electronic spreadsheet) and the supporting documentation to be readily available for audit and retained in accordance with the requirements for retention of financial documentation in ADS 502 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 629).

Constructive Cost

The total cost of per diem, travel, transportation and incidental expenses which would have been incurred for travel by a usually traveled route (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 522, 523, 524, and 525) (6 FAM-111.3) (FTR 301-3.1).

Consultant

A person serving as an advisor to an officer or instrumentality of the Government, as distinguished from an officer or employee carrying out an agency's duties and responsibilities. Ordinarily, consultants are expert in the field in which they advise, but need not be specialists (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 413).

Continental United States

The 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia (6 FAM-111.3) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 443, 522, 523, 524, and 525).

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