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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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Training Program Manager

An employee who manages, plans, develops, schedules, and implements training courses (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 458).

Training Provider

Any institution, organization, or individual, whether public, private, non-profit, or for-profit, that furnishes instruction directly to a Participant under full or partial USAID funding. Distinct from training contractors who arrange for such training and are also known as program Implementers or Programming Agents (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 252, 253).

Training, In-Country

A learning activity taking place in a classroom or workshop with formally designated instructor(s) learning objectives, and outcomes, conducted full-time or intermittently within the host country (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training, Informal

Learning activities taking place outside the classroom or other such formal structuring during a period of Agency-sponsored training. Includes study and observational tours, or on-the-job practical learning activities not connected to formal classroom instruction (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training, Regional

Any training activity sponsored by or on behalf of a regional office or that contributes to the achievements of its regional objectives. Regional training may take place inside or outside a cluster of countries that form a geographically or politically designated region. Any Participant Training activity that is funded by a Sponsoring Unit using regional, not 270bi-lateral funds, and where the results of the training will be reported on a regional or multi-country basis, not a single country basis (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training, Technical

Formally structured learning activities, generally in a classroom, that do not lead to an academic degree. Can include technical courses at community colleges, technical institutes or universities, on-the-job activities tied to technical-area classroom work, or any combination of such formally structured, non-degree producing instructional activity (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Training, Third-Country

Any training activity conducted in a country which is not the host country or the United States (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 253).

Trans-Shipment

The transfer of goods from one ship to another (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 313).

Transaction Dispute

A disagreement between a Purchase Cardholder and a vendor with respect to a transaction (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Transaction Type

The method used with the Purchase Card to place an order for goods and services. These methods include in person (over the counter) by telephone, by fax, through a catalog, or on the Internet (USAID Worldwide Purchase Card Program Manual, A Mandatory Reference for ADS Chapter 331).

Transfer

The change of an individual from an SES position in one agency to an SES position in another agency without a break in service of one full workday (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 423). A change of assignment (6 FAM-111.3) (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 522, 523, 524, and 525). The employment of a career or career-conditional employee, when the employee moves from one agency to another (with or without promotion) without a break in service of one full workday (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 418). See 5 CFR Sec. 531.202 (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 471). Joint or ICASS-managed assets preclude the necessity for other ICASS customer agencies to pay the compensation for assets not required to meet the needs of the customer base prior to the combining of operations. For Joint or ICASS managed assets, transfer indicates a physical transfer only. For USAID-managed assets, transfer continues to indicate both physical and ownership transfer (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 534).

Transfer Of Function

The transfer of the performance of a continuing function from one competitive area to another competitive area where it had not previously been performed. It also includes the movement of the competitive area in which the function was performed to another commuting area (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 452).

Transformational Diplomacy

Helping to build and sustain democratic, well-governed states that will respond to the needs of their people, reduce widespread poverty, and conduct themselves responsibly in the international system. Working in partnership with the host countries to strengthen their institutional and management capacity is central to the transformational diplomacy concept (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapters 200-203).

Transition Initiative

A set of actions intended to facilitate stability and strengthen democratic institutions in nations that have suffered political, economic or social upheaval. These actions are not conducted by OFDA (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 251).

Transitory Correspondence

Includes transmittal letters or forms, routine requests for information, publications or communications, acknowledgments, and other similar types of papers of short term interest which have no documentary or evident value and normally need not be kept more than 90 days (USAID Automated Directives System - ADS - Chapter 502).

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