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500+ Government Contracting Acronyms

Story by: Eric David Smith in Government Contracting, Acronyms, Contracting, HowTo, GovCon

Below is a list of 500+ Government Contracting Acronyms that may help you decipher commonly used terms in government contracting and within the government itself.

  • 8(a) Section 8 (a) of the Small Business Act; Federal Contracting Preference Program for Disadvantaged Businesses
  • 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 Buy American Act or 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
  • CDA Contract Disputes Act
  • 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
  • COFC U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • CONUS Continental United States
  • COR Contracting Officer Representative
  • COTR Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative
  • COTS Commercial Off-the-Shelf
  • CPAF Cost Plus Award Fee
  • CPFF Cost Plus Fixed Fee
  • CPIF Cost Plus Incentive Fee
  • CPN Contract Payment Notice
  • CPR Cost Performance Report
  • CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
  • CWHSSA Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act
  • CY Calendar Year
  • DACA Days After Contract Award
  • DARO Days After Receipt of Order
  • DARPA Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • DBA Davis Bacon Act – Addresses prevailing wages on federal contracts
  • 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
  • DVBE Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Enterprise
  • 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
  • FAC Federal Acquisition Circular
  • 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
  • FPDS Federal Procurement Data System
  • FPI Fixed Price Incentive
  • FPL Federal Procurement List
  • FSC Federal Supply Classification
  • FSN Federal Stock Number
  • FSS Federal Supply Schedules
  • 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
  • HUBZone Historically Underutilized Business Zone
  • IA Information Assurance
  • IAW In Accordance With
  • ID/IQ 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
  • JOC Job Order Contracts
  • 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
  • MACC Multiple Award Construction Contract
  • MATCO Materials Analysis, Tracking and Control
  • MBDC Minority Business Development Center
  • MBE Minority Business Entrepreneur
  • MILSPEC Military Specification
  • MIL-STD Military Standard
  • MOA Memorandum of Agreement
  • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
  • MWBE Minority or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise
  • 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
  • NAVFAC Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • 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
  • O&M Operations & Maintenance
  • OCONUS Outside the Continental United States
  • OCR Optical Character Recognition
  • OFCCP Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
  • 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
  • POCA Performances Oriented Construction Activity
  • PR Pair; Peer Review(s); Purchase Request
  • PRDA Program Research and Development Announcement
  • PTAC Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • 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
  • SABER Simplified Acquisition of Base Engineer Requirements
  • 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
  • SBLO Small Business Liaison Officer
  • SBSA Small Business Set Aside
  • SCORE Service Core of Retired Executives
  • 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 Social Security Administration
  • SSN Social Security Number
  • STTR Small Business Technology Transfer Program
  • T&M Time and Materials
  • T for C Termination for Convenience
  • T for D Termination for Default
  • TBA To Be Announced
  • TCO Termination Contracting Officer
  • TD Technology Development
  • 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
  • VA Veterans Administration
  • VAR Value Added Reseller
  • VC Venture Capital or Venture Capitalist
  • VOB Veteran-Owned Business
  • 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
  • WRD Wage Rate Determination
  • XO Executive Officer
  • YOB Year of Birth
  • YR Year
  • YTD Year to Date

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