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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
Disaster Rehabilitation

Intermediate term activities to assist disaster stricken populations to return to a state of viability. A secondary priority to life sustaining Disaster Relief (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 251).

Disaster Relief

Immediate, life sustaining assistance provided to disaster victims (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 251).

Disbursements

Payments made using cash, check, or electronic transfers. Disbursements include advances to others as well as payments for goods and services received and other types of payments made (JFMIP). Note: The Agency often uses the term disbursements to mean only payments that liquidate obligations, which actually is the definition for outlays. (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203, 630, 631).

Discharge

To satisfy a debt as a legal obligation through the performance of the obligation imposed under the debt instrument, such as payment in full or compromise. A debt is discharged at the time an agency stops all efforts to recover the debt because, in effect, the agency is terminating the debt as a legal obligation of the debtor's to repay. Before discharging a debt, the Debt Collection Improvement Act requires agencies to take appropriate steps to collect the debt including offset, referral to private collection agencies, referral to Treasury or a Debt Collection Center, reporting to a credit bureau, administrative wage garnishment, and litigation. The discharge does not, however, satisfy the debtor's legal obligation to pay taxes on the debt, since it may represent taxable income to the debtor. Close out and discharge are used interchangeably in ADS 625 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Discharge Of Indebtedness

To satisfy a debt as a legal obligation through the performance of the obligation imposed under the debt instrument, such as payment in full or compromise. A debt is discharged at the time an agency stops all efforts to recover the debt because, in effect, the agency is terminating the debt, as a legal obligation of the debtor's to repay. Before discharging a debt, the Debt Collection Improvement Act requires agencies to take appropriate steps to collect the debt including offset, referral to private collection agencies, referral to Treasury or a Debt Collection Center, reporting to a credit bureau, administrative wage garnishment, and litigation. The discharge does not, however, satisfy the debtor's legal obligation to pay taxes on the debt, since it may represent taxable income to the debtor. Close out and discharge are used interchangeably in ADS 625 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Disciplinary Action

(See 3 FAM 4310 {Old 3 FAM 761.2}) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 485). An action against an employee in the form of an oral admonishment, reprimand or suspension of 14 days or less (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 487).

Disclosure

Making a record available to another person or entity, other than the individual to whom the record pertains by any means of communication (oral, written, electronic) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 509). Dissemination or communication of any information that has been retrieved from a protected record by any means of communication (written, oral, electronic, or mechanical) without written request by or consent of the individual to whom the record pertains (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 508).

Discretionary Advisory Committee

An advisory committee established within the authority of the Administrator (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 105).

Discrimination

Discrimination in marine insurance exists when a cooperating country takes actions which hinder private importers in USAID transactions from making cost, insurance and freight (c.i.f.) and cost and insurance (c, and i.). contracts with U.S. commodity suppliers, or which hinder importers in instructing such suppliers to place marine insurance with companies authorized to do business in the United States. Discrimination does not exist in either of the following situations: 1) when a cooperating country, in importing for itself, elects not to use USAID dollars for marine insurance but instead follows a policy of self-insurance or insures with non-USAID funds, or 2) when a cooperating country insures public sector procurements locally with a government-owned insurance company (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 322).

Disposable Pay

That part of current basic pay, special pay, incentive pay, retired pay, retainer pay, or in the case of an employee not entitled to basic pay, other authorized pay remaining after the deduction of any amount required by law to be withheld (other than deductions to execute garnishment orders) in accordance with 5 CFR 581 and 582. Among the legally required deductions that must be applied first to determine disposable pay are levies pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code (Title 26, United States Code) and deductions described in 5 CFR 581.105 (b) Through (f) These deductions include, but are not limited to: Social Security withholdings. Federal, state, and local tax withholdings. health insurance premiums. retirement contributions, and life insurance premiums (source: 5 CFR Part 550) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Disposal

Disposition of excess personal property through redistribution, transfer, sale, grant-in-aid, donation, abandonment, or destruction (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 518, 536).

Disposition

The transfer, retirement, and - or disposal of records or non-record material (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 158, 502). The regulation of the fate, condition, application, and related conditions of property. The transference of property into new hands, a new place, condition, and so forth. alienation, or parting. as a disposal of property (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 536).

Disposition Schedule

A document providing mandatory instructions for what to do with records (electronic and hard copy) (and non-record materials). no longer needed for current Government business, with provision of authority for the final disposition of recurring or nonrecurring records (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502).

Dissemination

Agency initiated or sponsored distribution of information to the public (See 5 C.F.R. 1320.3(d) definition of Conduct or Sponsor and OMB Circular A-130). Dissemination does not include distribution limited to government employees or agency contractors or grantees. intra- or inter-agency use or sharing of government information, and responses to requests for agency records under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, or other similar law. This definition also does not include distribution limited to correspondence with individuals or persons, archival records, public filings, subpoenas, adjudicative processes, or press releases, fact sheets, press conferences, or similar communications in any medium that announce or support the announcement or give public notice of information USAID has disseminated elsewhere (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 578).

Dissemination Of Information

Actively distributing information to the public at the initiative of the agency (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 508).

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