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Government Acronyms

Using and understanding a variety of acronyms is necessary when working with the federal government. Listed below are commonly used government acronyms and their meanings. Looking for government contracting terms and their definitions? Check out our dictionary of government contracting terms here.

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Meaning
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A&E
Architect/Engineer
ACAT
Acquisition Category
ACC
Air Combat Command
ACO
Administrative Contracting Officer
ACWP
Actual Cost of Work Performed
ADA
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
ADR
Alternative Dispute Resolution
AFRC
Air Force Reserve Command
AFROTC
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
AFSPC
Air Force Space Command
AFV
Alternative Fuel Vehicle
AI
Action Item
AIS
Automated Information System
ASBCA
Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
collapse Letter : B ‎(12)
B&P
Bid and Proposal
BAA
Broad Agency Announcement
BAFO
Best and Final Offer
BCA
Board of Contract Appeals
BD
Business Development
BIA
Bureau of Indian Affairs
BOA
Basic Ordering Agreement
BOA
Basis of Award
BOD
Beneficial Occupancy Date
BOSC
Base Operating Support Contract
BPO/BPA
Blanket Purchase Order/Agreement
BRAC
Base Realignment and Closure
collapse Letter : C ‎(40)
CA
Cooperative Agreement
CAGE
Commercial and Government Entity
CAV
Contractor Assistance Visit
CBA
Collective Bargaining Agreement
CBO
Congressional Budget Office
CCD
Contract Completion Date
CCN
Contract Change Notice
CCP
Contract Change Proposal
CCR
Central Contracting Registration
CDC
Center for Disease Control
CDD
Contract Delivery Data
CEN
Bureau of the Census
CFE
Contractor Furnished Equipment
CFM
Contractor Furnished Material
CFR
Code of Federal Regulations
CFSR
Contract Funds Status Report
CIA
Central Intelligence Agency
CICA
Competition in Contracting Act
CIO
Chief Information Officer
CLIN
Contract Line Item Number
CMO
Contract Management Office
CNO
Chief of Naval Operations
CO/KO
Contracting Officer
COC
Certificate of Competency
CONUS
Continental United States
COTR/COR
Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
COTs
Commercial-Off-The-Shelf
CPAF
Cost Plus Award Fee
CPARS
Contractor Performance Assessment Review System
CPES
Comprehensive Professional Energy Services
CPFF
Cost Plus Fixed Fee
CPIF
Cost Plus Incentive Fee
CPM
Critical Path Method
CPN
Contract Payment Notice
CPR
Cost Performance Report
CQC
Contractor Quality Control
CRADA
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CSP
Commercial Sales Practices
CTA
Contractor Teaming Arrangement
CWHSSA
Contract Work Hours Safety Standards Act
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DA
Department of the Army
DAR
Defense Acquisition Regulation
DAU
Defense Acquisition University
DCAA
Defense Contract Audit Agency
DEA
Drug Enforcement Agency
DFARS
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DFAS
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
DHS
Department of Homeland Security
DI
Document Identifier
DIA
Defense Intelligence Agency
DISA
Defense Information Systems Agency
DLA
Defense Logistics Agency
DLH
Direct Labor Hour
DOC
Department of Commerce
DOD
Department of Defense
DOE
Department of Energy
DOI
Department of the Interior
DOJ
Department of Justice
DOL
Department of Labor
DON
Department of the Navy
DOS
Department of State
DOT
Department of Transportation
DSS
Defense Security Service
DTRA
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
DUNS
Data Universal Numbering System
DVD
Direct Vendor Delivery
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EAR
Export Administration Regulations
EBSA
Employee Benefits Security Administration
EC
Electronic Commerce
ECD
Estimated Completion Date
ECI
National Institute on Early Childhood Development and Education
ECP
Emergency Conservation Program
ED
Department of Educuation
EDA
Economic Development Administration
EDGAR
Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval
EDWOSB
Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business
EEO
Equal Employment Opportunity
EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EFA
Engineering Field Activity
EFD
Engineering Field Division
EFT
Electronic Funds Transfer
EIA
Energy Information Administration
EISA
Energy Independence and Security Act
EIT
Electronic and Information Technology
EM
Office of Environmental Management
EO
Executive Order
EPA
Economic Price Adjustment
EPA
Environmental Protection Agency
EPLS
Excluded Parties List System
ESRS
Electronic Subcontract Reporting System
ETA
Employment and Training Administration
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FAA
Federal Aviation Administration
FAC
Federal Acquisition Circular
FAI
Federal Acquisition Institute
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization
FAPRS
Federal Assistance Programs Retrieval System
FAR
Federal Acquisition Regulation
FAS
Federal Acquisition Service
FBI
Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBO
Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)
FCC
Federal Communications Commission
FDA
Food and Drug Administration
FDIC
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FDR
Final or Formal Design Review
FEB
Federal Executive Board
FEC
Federal Election Commission
FEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency
FEMP
Federal Energy Management Program
FERC
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
FETC
Federal Energy Technology Center
FFATA
Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act
FFP
Firm Fixed Price
FFRDC
Federally Funded Research and Development Center
FHA
Federal Housing Administration
FIA
Federal Insurance Administration
FIPS
Federal Information Processing Standard
FISMA
Federal Information Security Management Act
FLRA
Federal Labor Relations Authority
FLSA
Fair Labor Standards Act
FMLA
Family and Medical Leave Act
FMS
Financial Management Service
FMV
Fair Market Value
FNCS
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
FNS
Food and Nutrition Service
FOSE
Federal Office System Exposition
FOUO
For Official Use Only
FPDC
Federal Procurement Data Center
FPDS
Federal Procurement Data System
FPR
Final Proposal Revision
FR
Federal Register
FRB
Federal Reserve Board
FSC
Federal Supply Code/Class
FSIS
Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSRS
FFATA Subaward Reporting System
FSS
Federal Supply Service
FTA
Federal Transit Administration
FTC
Federal Trade Commission
FTE
Full Time Employee
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G&A
General and Administrative
GAA
General Agency Agreement
GAO
Government Accountability Office
GCA
Government Contractors Association
GE
Government Estimate
GIS
Geographic Information Systems
GPE
Government Wide Point-of-Entry
GPO
Government Printing Office
GPS
Global Positioning System
GSA
General Services Administration
GSAR
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation
GSFC
Goddard Space Flight Center
GWA
Government Wide Accounting Project Group
GWAC
Government Wide Acquisition Contract
GWOB
Government Without Boundaries
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HAC
Health Administration Center
HHS
Department of Health and Human Services
HPCC
High Performance Computing and Communications
HRSA
Health Resources and Services Administration
HSB
Head Start Bureau
HSPD
Homeland Security Presidential Directive
HUBZone
Historically Underutilized Business Zone
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IA
Information Assurance
IA
Import Administration
ICC
Interstate Commerce Commission
IDIQ
Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity
IES
Institute of Education Services
IFB
Invitation for Bid
IFF
Industrial Funding Fee
IG
Inspector General
IGCE
Independent Government Cost Estimate
ILAB
Bureau of International Labor Affairs
ILC
Irrevocable Letter of Credit
IMF
International Monetary Fund
Initial Technical Review
Information Technology Solutions Shop
INS
Immigration and Naturalization Service
INTERPOL
International Criminal Police Organization
IO
Bureau of International Organization Affairs
IOA
Industrial Operations Analyst
IQC
Indefinite Quantity Contract
IRS
Internal Revenue Service
ISC
Inter-agency Security Committee
ITA
International Trade Administration
ITC
United States International Trade Commission
ITP
Integrated Test Plan
ITR
Initial Technical Review
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J&A
Justification and Approval
JCS
Joint Chiefs of Staff
JEC
Joint Economic Committee
JV
Joint Venture
JWOD
Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program
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KO/CO
Contracting Officer
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LAN
Local Area Network
LC/LOC
Library of Congress
LD
Liquidated Damages
LEED
Leadership in Environmental and Engineering Design
LOB
Line of Business
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MAC
Multi-Agency Contracts
MARAD
Maritime Administration
MARVEL
Machine Assisted Realization of the Virtual Electronic Library
MAS
Multiple Award Schedule
MATOC
Multiple Awards Task Order Contract
MBDA
Minority Business Development Agency
MFC
Most Favored Customer
MILCON
Military Construction (Appropriation)
MIL-HDBK
Military Handbook
MILSPEC
Military Specification
MOBIS
Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services
MOD
Modification
MOU
Memorandum of Understanding
MSA
Metropolitan Statistical Area
MSC
Military Sealift Command
MSDS
Material Safety Data Sheet
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NACIC
National Counter Intelligence Center
NAFTA
North American Free Trade Agreement
NAICS
North American Industry Classification System
NAL
National Agricultural Library
NARA
National Archives and Records Administration
NARFE
National Association of Retired Federal Employees
NASA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NATO
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NAVAIR
Naval Air Systems Command
NAVFAC
Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NAVSEA
Naval Sea Systems Command
NAVSUP
Naval Supply Systems Command
NBC
Nuclear, Biological and Chemical
NCBSI
National Center for Small Business Information
NCEH
National Center for Environmental Health
NCES
National Center for Education Statistics
NCHC
National Crime History Check
NCHS
National Center for Health Statistics
NCID
National Center for Infectious Diseases
NCMA
National Contract Management Association
NCR
National Capital Region
NCS
National Communications Systems
NDA
Non-Disclosure Agreement
NEC
National Economic Council
NIH
National Institute of Health
NIJ
National Institute of Justice
NIMH
National Institute of Mental Health
NIPC
National Infrastructure Protection Center
NSA
National Security Agency
NSC
National Security Council
NSTC
National Science and Technology Center
NTE
Not to Exceed
NTP
Notice to Proceed
NWS
National Weather Service
OWBO
Office of Women's Business Ownership
collapse Letter : O ‎(25)
O&M
Operation and Maintenance
OA
Office of Administration
OBE
Overcome by Events
OBL
Office of Business Liason
OCONUS
Outside the Continental United States
OCSIT
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
ODC
Other Direct Costs
OFM
Office of Financial Management
OFR
Office of the Federal Register
OGE
Office of Government Ethics
OGP
Office of Government Wide Policy
OHRP
Office of Human Research Protections
OIG
Office of Inspector General
OMB
Office of Management and Budget
ONR
Office of Naval Research
OPM
Office of Personnel Management
OPR
Office of Primary Responsibility
ORCA
Online Representations and Certifications Applications
OSBP
Office of Small Business Programs
OSDBU
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
OSHA
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSTI
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
OTA
Office of Technology Assessment
OTP
Operational Test Plan
OWCP
Office of Workers' Compensation Programs
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P&L
Profit and Loss
PBA
Performance Based Acquisition
PBS
Public Buildings Service
PCO
Performance Contracting Officer
PCU
Procuring Contracting Officer
PDR
Preliminary Design Review
PHS
Public Health Service
PIV
Personal Identification Verification (Federal)
PL
Public Law
PMO
Program Management Office
PMP
Program Management Plan
PO
Purchase Order
POC
Point of Contact
POP
Period of Performance
PPIRS
Past Performance Information Retrieval System
PRC
Price Reduction Clause
PSC
Product and Service Codes
PTACs
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
PTO
Patent and Trademark Office
PW
Public Works
PWS
Performance Work Statement
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QA
Quality Assurance
QAE
Quality Assurance Evaluator
QAP
Quality Assurance Plan
QASP
Quality Assurance Surveillance Plan
QC
Quality Control
QCS
Quality Control System
QPL
Quality Products List
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R&D
Research and Development
RA
Reserve Affairs
RFB
Request for Bid
RFI
Request for Information
RFP
Request for Proposal
RFQ
Request for Quotation
RMA
Risk Management Agency
RMS
Resident Management System
RSPA
Research and Special Programs Administration
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SAM
System for Award Management
SAP
Simplified Acquisition Procedures
SAT
Simplified Acquisition Threshold
SATOC
Single Award Task Order Contract
SBA
Small Business Administration
SBG
SBA's Surety Bond Guarantee
SBIR
Small Business Innovation Research
SCA
Service Contract Act
SEC
Securities and Exchange Commission
SECDEF
Secretary of Defense
SF
Standard Form
SIC
Standard Industrial Classification
SIN
Special Item Number
SIOH
Supervision, Inspection & Overhead
SIPRNET
Secret Internet Protocol Router Network
SITIS
Interactive Topic Information Systems
SMDP
Standardized Military Drawing Program
SOC
Solutions Order Contract
SOF
Special Operations Forces
SOP
Standard Operating Procedure
SOW
Statement of Work
SPAWAR
Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
SPEC
Specification
SS
Secret Service
SSA
Social Security Administration
SSI
Supplemental Security Income Program
SSP
Strategic Systems Programs
SSQ
Schedule Sales Query
STTR
Small Business Technology Transfer
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T&C
Terms and Conditions
T&M
Time and Materials
TA
Teaming Agreement
TAA
Trade Agreements Act
TBD
To Be Determined (Developed)
TD
Technology Development
TEMS
Telecommunication Expert Management Services
TFC
Termination for Convenience
TFD
Termination for Default
TIN
Taxpayer Identification Number
TM
Technical Manual
TO
Task Order / Technical Order
TOC
Task Order Contract
TQM
Total Quality Management
TS
Top Secret (clearance)
TS/SCI
Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information
collapse Letter : U ‎(12)
 USC
United States Code
 USDA
United States Department of Agriculture
 USITC
United States International Trade Commission
 USTR
United States Trade Representative
UCA
Undefinitized Contract Action
UI
Unit of Issue
USA
United States Army
USACE
United States Army Corps of Engineers
USAF
United States Air Force
USCG
United States Coast Guard
USG
United States Government
USMC
United States Marine Corps
collapse Letter : V ‎(6)
VA
Department of Veteran Affairs
VAR
Value Added Reseller
VBA
Veteran's Benefits Administration
VE
Value Engineering
VECP
Value Engineering Change Proposal
VOSB
Veteran Owned Small Business
collapse Letter : W ‎(6)
WAWF
Wide Area Workflow
WDOL
Wage Determinations Online
WIFCON
Where in Federal Contracting
WIP
Work in Place
WOSB
Women Owned Small Business
WTO
World Trade Organization