Federal Contracting Acronyms



AAR After Action Report
ACAT Acquisition   Category
ACO Administrative   Contracting Officer
ACQ Acquisition
ACS Assistant Chief of Staff
ACWP Actual Cost of Work   Performed
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADPE Automated Data Processing Equipment
AI Action Item
ALIN Agreement   Line Item Number
ANS American National   Standard
ANSI American National   Standards Institute
AVBS Automated Best Value System


B/L Bill   of Lading
B&P Bid and Proposal
BAA Broad Agency Announcement
BAC Budgeted Cost at Completion
BAFO Best and Final Offer
BAT Best Available Technology
BD Business Development
BDO Blanket Delivery Order
BMM Business Matchmaking
BOA Basic Ordering Agreement
BOS Business Opportunity   Specialist
BPA Blanket Purchase Agreement


CA Cooperative Agreement
CAD Computer Assisted Design
CAGE Commercial and Government   Entity
CAO Congressional Affairs   Office
CAS Cost Accounting Standards
CBI Confidential Business   Information
CBO Congressional Budget   Office
CCDR Contract Cost Data Report
CCR Central Contractor   Registration
CDD Contract Delivery Date
CDRL Contract Data   Requirements List
CEA Cost Effective Analysis
CFR Code of Federal   Regulations
CFSR Contract Funds Status   Report
CICA Competition in   Contracting Act
CID Commercial Item   Description
CIO Chief Information Officer
CLIN Contract Line Item Number


CM Configuration Management
CMM Capability Maturity Model
CMMI Capability Maturity   Model-Integrated
CMO Contract Management   Office
CMT Contract Management Team
CO Contracting Officer
COB Close of Business
CONUS Continental United States
COR Contracting Officer   Representative
COTR Contracting Officer’s Technical   Representative
COTS Commercial Off-the-Shelf
CPAF Cost Plus Award Fee
CPARS Contractor Performance   Assessment Reporting System
CPFF Cost Plus Fixed Fee
CPIF Cost Plus Incentive Fee
CPN Contract Payment Notice
CPR Cost Performance Report
CRADA Cooperative Research and   Development Agreement
CY Calendar Year


DACA Days After Contract Award
DARO Days After Receipt of   Order
DARPA Defense Advanced Research   Projects Agency
DCAA Defense Contract Audit   Agency
DCMA Defense Contract   Management Agency
DEL Delivery
DFARS Defense Federal   Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DHS Department of Homeland   Security
DI Document Identifier
DIC Document Identifier Code
DID Data Item Description
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
DOS Department of State
DOT Department of   Transportation
DUNS Data Universal Numbering   System
DVD Direct Vendor Delivery
DZ Dozen



EA Each
EB Electronic Business
EC Electronic Commerce
ECP Engineering Change   Proposal
EDD Estimated Delivery Date
EDI Electronic Data   Interchange
EDOP Expedited Delivery Order   Process
EEO Equal Employment   Opportunity
EFT Electronic Funds Transfer
EO Executive Order
EOM End of Month
ETA Estimated Time of Arrival
ETC Estimate to Complete


FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FAR Federal Acquisition   Regulation
FAS Federal Acquisition   Service
FASA Federal Acquisition   Streamlining Act
FFP Firm Fixed Price
FFRDC Federally Funded Research   and Development Center
FIPS Federal Information   Processing Standards
FISMA Federal Information   Security Management Act
FLSA Fair Labor Standards Act
FMS Foreign Military Sales
FMV Fair Market Value
FOIA Freedom of Information   Act
FPI Fixed Price Incentive
FPL Federal Procurement List
FSC Federal Supply   Classification
FSN Federal Stock Number
FSS Federal Supply Schedules
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FY Fiscal Year
FYI For Your Information


G&A General and   Administrative
GAA General Agency Agreement
GAO Government Accountability   Office
GBL Government Bill of Lading
GFE Government Furnished   Equipment
GFM Government Furnished   Materials
GFP Government-Furnished   Property
GOCO Government Owned,   Contractor Operated
GPO Government Printing   Office
GSA General Services   Administration
GSARS General Services   Acquisition Regulation Supplement
GWAC Government-wide   Acquisition Contract


HBCUs Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HCA Head of Contracting Activity
HQ Headquarters
HR Human Resources
HUB Historically   Underutilized Business
IA Information Assurance
IAW In Accordance With
IDIQ Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity
IFB Invitation for Bid
IG Inspector   General
IQC Indefinite Quantity   Contract
ISO International Standards   Organization (or International Organization for Standardization)
ISSA Inter/Intra Service   Support Agreement
IV&V Independent Validation   and Verification
IT Information Technology
KM Knowledge Management
KSPH Keystrokes per Hour
LAN Local Area Network
LOA Letter of Offer and Acceptance
LOB Line of Business
LOE Level of Effort
LOP Letter of Procurement
LT Lot
M&IE Meals and Incidental Expense
MBDC Minority Business Development Center
MBE Minority Business Entrepreneur
MILSPEC Military Specification
MIL-STD Military Standard
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOU Memorandum of   Understanding
NAICS North American Industry Classification System
NARA National Archives and   Records Administration
NASA National Aeronautics and   Space Administration
NASFARS National Aeronautics   Space Administration FAR Supplement
NDI Non-Developmental Item
NIIN National Item Identification Number
NIST National Institute of   Standards and Technology
NLT No Later Than
NSN National Stock Number
NTE Not to Exceed



O/A On or About
OCONUS Outside the Continental   United States
OCR Optical Character   Recognition
OFPP Office of Federal   Procurement Policy
OMB Office of Management and   Budget
OPM Office of Personnel   Management
OSDBU Office of Small and   Disadvantaged Business Utilization
OSHA Occupational Safety and   Health Administration
OWBO Office of Women’s   Business Ownership


P/N Part Number
PAR Payroll, Accounting and   Reporting System
PCO Procuring Contracting   Officer
PCR Procurement Center   Representative
PEO Program Executive Officer
PES Professional Engineering   Services
PID Procurement Item   Description
PIN Personal Identification   Number
PIV Personal Identity   Verification
PK Package
PL Public Law
PMP Program Management Plan
PO Purchase Order
POA&M Plan of Action and   Milestones
POC Point of Contact
PPIRS Past Performance   Information Retrieval System
PR Pair; Peer Review(s);   Purchase Request
PRDA Program Research and   Development Announcement


QA Quality Assurance
QAB Quality Assurance Program
QBL Qualified Bidders List
QC Quality Control
QMS Quality Management System
QPL Qualified Products List


R&D Research and Development
RD&D Research, Development and   Demonstration
RDD Required Delivery Date
RDDTE Research, Development,   Demonstration, Testing and Evaluation
RFB Request for Bid
RFI Request for Information
RFID Radio Frequency   Identification
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quotation



SADBUS Small and Disadvantaged   Business Utilization Specialist
SAT System Acceptance Test
SBA Small Business   Administration
SBAC Small Business Advisory   Committee
SBDC Small Business   Development Center
SBIC Small Business Investment   Company
SBIR Small Business Innovation   Research
SBSA Small Business Set Aside
SDB Small Disadvantaged   Business
SDV Service Disabled Veteran
SDVOSB Service-Disabled   Veteran-Owned Small Business
SEC Securities and Exchange   Commission
SF Standard Form
SIC Standard Industrial   Classification Codes
SIN Special Item Number
SKN Stock Keeping Number
SKU Stock Keeping Unit
SOO Statement of Objectives
SOP Standard Operating   Procedure
SOW Statement of Work
SSA Source Selection   Authority
SSA Social Security   Administration
SSN Social Security Number
STTR Small Business Technology   Transfer Program


T&M Time and Materials
TBA To be Announced
TCO Termination Contracting   Officer
TD Technology Development
T for C Termination for   Convenience
T for D Termination for Default
TIN Taxpayer Identification   Number
TINA Truth in Negotiations Act
TIPS Technical Information   Packages
TQM Total Quality Management
TTN Technology Transfer   Network


U/I Unit of Issue
UCC Universal Commercial Code
UPC Universal Product Code
USC United States Code
USG United States Government


V&V Verification and   Validation
VAR Value   Added Reseller
VC Venture Capital(ist)
VSC Vendor   Support Center



WAWF Wide Area Work Flow
WBC Women’s Business Centers
WBE Women’s Business   Enterprise
WBS Work Breakdown Structure
WOSB Woman-Owned Small   Business


XO                                                                                      Executive Officer


YOB Year of Birth
YR Year
YTD Year to Date


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