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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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Tenure Groups

(Civil Service). One of three groups in which an employee is ranked on a retention register according to the type of appointment under which they serve (i.e career, career-conditional, or temporary appointments) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 452) (Foreign Service). The group to which employees in the same Competitive Level are assigned, based on type of appointment, for the purpose of determining retention standing. There are two tenure groups, Group I (for career employees) and Group II (for career candidates) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 454).

Terminate Collection Action

To cease active efforts to enforce recovery of a debt. Termination is a legal procedure, which is separate and distinct from the accounting procedure of write-off (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 625).

Termination Claims

Claims for compensation of costs incurred when a contract is terminated for default or the convenience of the Government (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 591).

Terrorism

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 563).

Text Documents

Narrative or tabular documents, such as letters, memorandums, and reports, in loosely prescribed form and format (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502).

The Financial Systems Integration Office (Fsio)

The Financial Systems Integration Office is responsible for developing, testing, and certifying core financial systems requirements. supporting the Federal financial community on priority projects, and conducting outreach through various activities (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 620).

Third Country

Any country that is neither the U.S. nor the host country (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Third Country National

A legal resident, but not a citizen, of the non-U.S. country in which the Sponsoring Unit is operating (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Third Country National (Tcn) Employee

An individual who is 1) neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent legal resident alien of the United States nor a host-country citizen, and 2) eligible for return travel to the home country or country of recruitment at U.S. Government expense (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 495).

Threat

Any circumstance or event with the potential to adversely impact agency operations (including mission functions, image, or reputation) agency assets, or individuals through an information system via unauthorized access, destruction, disclosure, modification of information, and - or denial of service. {Source: NIST 800-37} (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 545).

Threat Level

DOS (Department of State) has developed four threat categories for use in defining the nature of threats at overseas posts:1). Terrorism, War and Civil Disturbance. 2) Human Intelligence. 3) Technical security, and 4) Crime. Within these four categories there are four threat levels indicating the frequency of threats directed against the U.S. official community:1). Critical. 2) High. 3) Medium, and 4) Low. Determinations of threat levels for each category at each post are based on the DOS Composite Threat List, issued semi-annually by DS - DSS - ITA (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 562, 563).

Threshold Decision

A formal Agency decision which determines, based on an Initial Environmental Ex-amination, whether a proposed Agency action is a major action significantly affecting the environment (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 204).

Tied Aid

Refers to procurement actions that, as an operational matter, have been assigned a source - origin code of 000, 899, or 941 and are loans or grants which are either in effect tied to procurement of goods and services from the donor country or are subject to procurement modalities implying limited geographic procurement eligibility (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 221).

Time-In-Class

Limitations on the maximum time which may be spent in the Foreign Service or in any one class of the Senior Foreign Service (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 440, 422).

Time-In-Class (Tic) Limitation

A specified period of time a career Foreign Service (FS) or Senior Foreign Service (SFS). employee has to be promoted to the next higher class (single-class TIC) or up through a series of classes (multi-class TIC) or else the Agency must separate the employee for expiration of TIC (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 440).

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