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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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Deferred Annuity

An annuity payable to a separated employee which is scheduled to begin when the separated employee reaches age 62 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 494).

Degauss

The application of an alternating current (AC). field for the purpose of demagnetizing magnetic data recording media. The process involves increasing the AC field gradually from zero to some maximum value and back to zero, which leaves only a very low residue of magnetic induction on the media (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 552, 562).

Delegation Of Authority (Doa)

A document that officially recognizes when an official, vested with certain powers (authorities) extends that power (authority). To another individual or position within the chain of command (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 201-202). A document similar to a warrant used to re-delegate purchasing authority within specified limits to designated Cardholders (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 331). A document issued by the Office of Acquisition and Assistance's Deputy Director for Accountability, Compliance, and Transparency or the Head of the Contracting Activity at overseas Missions to establish an individual as a procurement official and authorized purchase authority (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Delinquency - Delinquent Account

The failure of a borrower to make interest and - or principal payments on time. A delinquent loan is one on which payments have not been made on time (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 219). A charge card account balance that is unpaid for more than 61 days past the statement date (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Delinquency Rate

The total outstanding principal on loans with payments past due more than a given number of days, as a percent of a financial institution's TOTAL loan portfolio (TOTAL unpaid balance on outstanding loans) in the context of this guidance, 90 days past due is used as the threshold of delinquency (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 219).

Delinquent Debt

Any claim that has not been paid by the date specified in the agency's bill for collection or demand letter for payment or which has not been satisfied in accordance with a repayment agreement (source: 31 CFR Chapter IX) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Deliver Or Supply

Definition is located in 3 FAM 695 3-3 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 408). Any service customarily performed in a commercial export transaction which is necessary to effect a physical transfer of commodities to the cooperating country. Examples of such services are export packing, local drayage in the source country (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 314).

Demand Letter

A letter in lieu of a bill for collection sent to a debtor giving notification that a debt is due by a certain date, and requiring the debtor to pay applicable interest, administrative costs, and - or late penalties if not paid by the date due. The debtor must also be informed of his - her due process rights in the demand letter (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Demilitarized Zone (Dmz)

A small subnet that sits between a trusted internal network, such as a private local area network, and an untrusted external network, such as the Internet. Typically, the DMZ contains devices accessible to Internet traffic, such as web servers, file servers, e-mail servers. The term comes from military use, meaning a buffer area between two enemies (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Demotion

A change of an employee to a lower grade or to a position with a lower rate of pay (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418 and 487). The change of an employee to a lower grade when both the old and the new positions are under the same pay schedule (e.g. Civil Service or prevailing rate employees) or when the old and new positions are in different pay schedules with the new position offering a lower rate of pay (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418). See 5 CFR Sec. 531.202 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471).

Demotion At An Employee'S Request

See 5 CFR 536.102 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 474).

Demotion For Personal Cause

See 5 CFR 536.102 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 474).

Demurrage

The charge for the failure to remove cargo from equipment within the allowed time. Also a charge for failure to load or unload a ship within the allowed time (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 314).

Deobligation

The process of removing unneeded funds from an obligating instrument. This step is typically done upon completion of activities when unliquidated obligations might have become excessive or might no longer be needed for the original purpose. Deobligations are also referred to as the cancellation or downward adjustment of a previously recorded obligation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203, 621, 635).

Department

Includes independent establishment, agency, or Federally-owned or -controlled corporation (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 443).

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