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Below, we have listed common acronyms used in US Federal Acquisition.

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8(a) - Section 8 of the Small Business Act

A&D - Aerospace & Defense

A&E - Architect and Engineering --See: Architect-Engineering Services

AAI - Agency Accounting Identifier (AAI)

ACASS - Architect-Engineer Contract Administration Support Systems

ACRN - Accounting Classification Reference Number (ACRN)

ACO - Administrative Contracting Officer

ADR - Alternative Dispute Resolution

ADV - Auditable Dollar Value

AECA - Arms Export Control Act (AECA)

AF - Air Force

AFMC - Air Force Materiel Command

AGAR - Agriculture Acquisition Regulation

AKA - Anti-Kickback Act (AKA)

ANC - Alaska Native Corporation

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

ASBCA - Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals

ASCP - Advanced Supply Chain Planning

B&P - Bid and Proposal

BAA - Buy American Act

BAFO - Best and Final Offer

BIS - Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

BOA - Basic Ordering Agreement

BOE - Basis of Estimate

BOM - Bill of Materials

BPA - Blanket Purchase Agreement

BRAC - Base Realignment and Closure

C-TPAT - Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

CA - Contract Administrator

CAAC - Civilian Agency Acquisition Council (CAAC)

CAC - Contract Audit Coordinator

CACO - Corporate Administrative Contracting Officer

CACS - Contract Audit Closing Statement

CACWS - Cumulative Allowable Cost Worksheet

CAGE Code - Commercial and Government Entity Number

CAO - Contract Administration Office

CAPEX - Capital Expenditure

CAR - Contract Administration Report

CAS - Contract Administration Services

CAS - Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)

CASB - Cost Accounting Standards Board

CBO - Congressional Budget Office

CCASS - Construction Contractor Appraisal Support System

CCL - Commerce Control List (CCL)

CCR - Central Contractor Registration (CCR)

CCFY - Current Contractor Fiscal Year

CDA - Contract Disputes Act of 1978

CFAO - Cognizant Federal Agency Official

CFIUS - The Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS)

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations

CFSR - Contract Funds Status Report

CHOA - Corporate Home Office Auditor

CID - U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division

CID - Commercial Item Description

CLIN - Contract Line Item Number (CLIN)

CMO - Contract Management Office

CNATRA - Chief Naval Air Training

CO - Contracting Officer; The Acronym KO is also commonly used.

COA - Certificate of Acceptance

COBIT - Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology

CODSIA - Council of Defense and Space Industry Associations

COGS - Cost of Goods Sold

CO NSD - Commanding Officer Naval Supply Depot

CONUS - Continental United States

COR - Contracting Officer Representative

COS - Cost of Sales

COTR - Contracting Officer Technical Representative

COTS - Commercial Off-the-Shelf -- See: Commercially Available off-the-shelf (COTS) Item

CPAF - Cost Plus Award Fee

CPARS - Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System

CPFF - Cost Plus Fixed Fee

CPIF - Cost Plus Incentive Fee (CPIF)

CPI - Consumer Price Index

CPIW - Consumer Price Index, Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPIW)

CPSR - Contractor Purchasing Systems Reviews

CRP - Contract Receipt Point

CSR - Compensation System Review

CSR - Contract Status Report

CTI - Controlled Technical Information

CUI - Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

DACO - Divisional Administrative Contracting Officer

DARC - Defense Acquisition Regulation (DAR) Council

DARPA - Defense Advanced Research Program Agency

DARS - Defense Acquisition Regulations System

DAU - Defense Acquisition University

DBA - Doing Business As

DBA - Defense Base Act

DBB - Defense Business Board

DCAA - Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)

DCAM - Defense Contract Audit Manual

DCC - Direct Commercial Contracts (DCC)

DCI - Detailed Cost Impact (Proposal)

DCMA - Defense Contract Management Agency

DCMA-AQ - Contracts Directorate

DCMA-INST - DCMA Instruction

DCMAS - Special Programs Directorate

DCMC - Defense Contract Management Command

DD252 - The Material Inspection and Receiving Report (MIRR)

DDTC - Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC)

DFARS - Defense Federal Aquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

DFAS - Defense Finance and Accounting Services

DIBBS - DLA Internet Bid Board System

DIS - Defense Industrial Security

DL - Direct Labor

DLA - Defense Logistics Agency

DLAM - Defense Logistics Agency Manual

DLIS - Defense Logistics Information Service

DM - Direct Materials

DMACT - DFAS Merged Account

DMIS - DCAA Management Information System (DMIS)

DOD - Department of Defense

DOD IG - Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG)

DoDAAC - Department of Defense Activity Address Code

DoDAAD - Department of Defense Activity Address Directory

DOJ - Department of Justice

DP - Defective Pricing

DP - Office of Defense Pricing

DPA - Defense Production Act

DPAP - Office of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy

DPAS - Defense Priorities and Allocation System (DPAS)

DPPS - Defense Procurement Payment System (DPPS)

DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency

DSO - Days Sales Outstanding (DSO)

DSS - Defense Security Service (DSS)

DTIC - Defense Technical Information Center

DTMO - Defense Travel Management Office

DUNS - Dunn and Bradstreet Number Data Universal Numbering System

EAC - Estimate At Completion

EAR - Export Administration Regulations (EAR)

ECATS - Electronic Catalog System (ECAT)

ECCN - Export Control Classification Number (ECCN)

ECI - Employment Cost Index (ECI

eCMR - Contractor Manpower Reporting Application

ECP - Engineering Change Proposal

EDA - Electronic Data Access

EDI - Electronic Data Interchange

EFT - Electronic Funds Transfer

EO - Executive Order

EO - Export Official

EOQ Funds - Economic Order Quantity Funds

EPLS - Excluded Parties List System (EPLS)

ERISA - Employee Retirement Income Security Act

ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning

ESOP - Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)

ESOT - Employee Stock Ownership Trust (ESOT)

eSRS - Electronic Subcontracting Reporting System (eSRS)

ETC - Estimate To Complete

EV - Earned Value

EVMS - Earned Value Management System

FAD - Final Acceptance Date

FAC - Federal Acquisition Circular

FAF - Financial Accounting Foundation -- Link to website is

FAPIIS - Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System

FAR - Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)

FASA - Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act (FASA) of 1994

FASAB - Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

FASB - Financial Accounting Standards Board -- Link of website is

FBO - Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps)

FCA - False Claims Act

FCCOM - Facilities Capital Cost of Money Also See-Cost of Money

FCPA - Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

FDD - Final Delivery Date

FEMP - Federal Energy Management Program

FERA - Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act (FERA)

FFATA - Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act

FFP - Firm Fixed Price

FIRM - Functional Information Resource Management

FISMA - Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)

FLSA - Fair Labor Standards Act

FMF - Foreign Military Financing (FMF)

FMS - Foreign Military Sales

FNLA - Final Notice of Last Action

F.O.B. - Free/Freight On Board

F.O.B. Destination - Free on Board Destination

F.O.B. Origin - Free on Board Origin

FOCI - Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI)

FOIA - Freedom of Information Act

FP&A - Financial Planning & Analysis

FP/LOE - Fixed Price Level of Effort

FPDS - Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS)

FPRA - Forward Pricing Rate Agreement

FSA - False Statements Act (FSA)

FSRS - Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act Subaward Reporting System (FSRS)

FSS - Federal Supply Schedule

FSSI - Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI)

FST - Field Support Team

FTA - Free Trade Agreement

FTE - Full Time Level of Effort

FTR - Federal Travel Regulations (FTR)

FY - Fiscal Year

GAAP - Generally Accepted Accounting Principles

GAGAS - Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards

GAO - General Accounting Office

G&A - General and Administrative (G&A) Expense

GAS - Government Auditing Standards

GASB - Governmental Accounting Standards Board -- Link of website is

GDM - General Dollar Magnitude

GFE - Government Furnished Equipment

GFM - Government Furnished Material

GFP - Government Furnished Property

GIDEP - Government Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP)

GOCO - Government-Owned, Contractor-Operated

GPC - Government Purchase Card

GPE - Government Point of Entry (GPE) For any requirement in the FAR to publish a notice, the contracting officer must transmit the notices to the GPE. FAR 5.003.

GPO - Government Publishing Office

GSA - General Services Administration

GSC - Government Security Committee (GSC)

GWAC - Government Wide Acquisition Contract

HCA - Head of Contracging Activity

HMG - Her Majesty's Government (UK)

HMRC [uk] - Her Majesty's Revenue & Customers (HRMC)

HUB Zone - Historically Underutilized Business Zone

IAS - International Accounting Standards

IASB - International Accounting Standards Board

ICAPS - Internal Control Audit Planning Summary (ICAPS)

ICQ - Internal Control Questionnaire --See-- DCAA - Internal Control Questionnaire and Cost Principles Assessment

IDIQ - Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity

IFF - Industrial Funding Fee

IFRS - International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)

IG - Inspector General

IPERA - Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act (IPERA)

IR&D - Independent Research and Development

IS - Industrial Specialist

ISDC - Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee (ISDC)

ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations

JTR - Joint Travel Regulations (JTR)

JV - Joint Venture

LCM - Lower of Cost or Market

LCM - Life Cycle Management

LH - Labor Hour

LOB - Line of Business

LOE - Level of Effort

LPTA - Lowest Price, Technically Acceptable

LTA - Long Term Agreement

LTA - Long Term Assignment

KO - Contracting Officer, See CO

M & I E - Meals and Incidental Expense

MAARS - Mandatory Annual Audit Requirements (MAARs)

MAJCOM - Major Commands

MAS - Multiple Award Schedule

MAS - Medical Administration Services

MFR - Memorandum for Record

MIRR - Material Inspection and Receiving Report

MOA - Memorandum of Agreement

MOBIS - Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) - This is a GSA Schedule Program

MOCAS - Mechanization of Contract Administration Services (MOCAS)

MOD - Ministry of Defense (UK)

MOD - Modification

MOU - Memorandum of Understanding

NAICS - North American Industry Classification Code (NAICS)

NARA - National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization


NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreement

NGO - Non-Governmental Organization

NIDs - National Interest Determinations

NISPOM - National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual

NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

NLA - Notice of Last Action

NLRB - National Labor Relations Board

NPFTF - National Procurement Fraud Task Force (NPFTF)

NRE - Non-Recurring Engineering

NULO - Negative Unliquidated Obligation

OCI - Organizational Conflict of Interest

OCONUS - Outside Continental United States

ODC - Other Direct Cost

ODO - Other Disbursing Office

OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer

OFCCP - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

OFPP - Office of Federal Procurement Policy

OIG - Office of Inspector General

OMB - Office of Management and Budget

OPM - Office of Personnel Management

OPR - Office of Primary Responsibility

ORCA - Online Representations and Certifications Application

OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration

OWCP - Office of Workers Compensation Programs

P Card - Purchase Card

PA - Property Administrator

PCO - Procuring Contracting Officer

PEAT - Price Economic Adjustment Tool (PEAT)

PFCRA - Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act (PFCRA)

PGI - Procedures, Guidance, and Information (PGI)

PII - Procurement Instrument Identification

PIIN - Procurement Instrument Identification Number

PLAS - Performance Labor Accounting System[1]

PLCO - Plant Clearance Officer

PMO - Program Management Office

PO - Purchase Order

POA&M - Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M). DISA Term,

POAM - Program Organization and Milestones

POP - Period of Performance

PPA - Pension Protection Act

PPE - Property, Plant and Equipment

PPI - Producer Price Index (PPI)

PRB - Payroll Burden (Also called Fringe)

PRC - Price Reductions Clause(s)

PSC - Professional Services Council

PSCN - Production Schedule Completion Notice

PTAC/P - Procurement Technical Assistance Center/Program

PWS - Performance Work Statement

QA - Quality Assurance

QAR - Quality Assurance Representative

QMAC - Questionnaire on Method and Allocation of Costs (QMAC)

R&D - Research and Development

REA - Request for Equitable Adjustment

RA - Requiring Activities

RFP - Request for Proposal

RFQ - Request for Quotation

SAM - System for Award Management (SAM)

SAP - Simplified Acquisition Procedures

SAT - Simplified Acquisition Threshold

SBA - Small Business Administration

SDW - Shared Data Warehouse

SEC - Securities and Exchange Commission

SF - Standard Form

SG&A - Selling, General & Administrative Expenses

SIC - Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Number

SICM - System for Integrated Contract Management[2]

SIOP - Sales, Inventory, and Operational Process

SIOP - Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP)

SLIN - Sub-Line Item Number (SLIN)

SECG - Small Entity Compliance Guide

SOFA - Status of Forces Agreement

SOO - Statement of Objectives

SOW - Statement of Work (SOW)

SPIIN - Supplemental Procurement Instrument Identification Number

SSA - Selective Service Act

SSA - Special Security Agreement

ST - Special Tooling

STE - Special Test Equipment

T&M - Time and Materials

TAA - Trade Agreements Act (TAA)

TCO - Terminating Contracting Officer

TCP - Technology Control Plan (TCP)

TIN - Taxpayer Identification Number

TINA - Truth in Negotiations Act

TCI - Total Cost Input

TPIN - Trading Partner Identification Number (TPIN)

UAT - User Acceptance Testing

UCA - Undefinitized Contract Action

ULO - Unliquidated Obligation

USDA - U.S. Department of Agriculture

USD(AT&L) - Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics

USD(C)/CFO - Under Secretary of Defense, Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer

VAB - Value Added Base

VAR - Value Added Reseller

VAT - Value Added Tax

VECP - Value Engineering Change Proposal

VIQ - Variation in Quantity

WAH - Work at Home (WAH)- Telecommuting

WARN (ACT) - The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act

WAWF - Wide Area Work Flow ... See also ... DFARS 252.232-7006 Wide Area WorkFlow Payment Instructions

WBS - Work Breakdown Structure

WINS - Web Invoicing System (to be replaced by WAWF)

WIP - Work in Process

WSLA - Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act (WSLA)

WTO GPA - World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement


  1. Listed in DCMA-INST-132 Novation Change of Name 3 20 14
  2. Used in Glossary of DCMA-INST-132 Novation Change of Name 3 20 14