Definition of Acronyms, Initialisms, Symbols, and Abbreviations Used in this Website

 The Following ~250 Acronyms, Initialisms, Symbols, and Abbreviations Have Been Used in this Website

Acronym Definition
§ Section Symbol, also known as a Silcrow
© Copyright Symbol
Paragraph Symbol, also known as a Pilcrow
8(a) SBA’s Disadvantaged Small Business Development Program
A&M Agricultural and Mechanical
ACF Administration for Children and Families
ACM Association for Computing Machinery
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
AI Artificial Intelligence
AKA or aka Also Known As
AMA American Medical Association
AMTRAK National Railroad Passenger Corporation (U.S.)
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AP Associated Press
APA American Psychological Association
App Application or Program
ASME The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASPR Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
B2B Business to Business
B2G Business to Government
BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
BLM Bureau of Land Management
BLS Bureau of Labor Statistics
BOP Federal Bureau of Prisons
BPA Blanket Purchase Agreement
BTS Bureau of Transportation Statistics
CAGE Code Commercial and Government Entity Code
CBOCs Community Based Outpatient Clinics
CBP U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CD Compact Disk
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CISA Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
CMMI Capability Maturity Model Integration
CMO Chief Marketing Officer
CMOS Chicago Manual of Style
CMS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CONUS Continental United States, the lower 48 States
COVID-19 Coronavirus Disease 2019 – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
CV Curriculum Vitae
D.C. District of Columbia as in Washington, D.C.
D.O. Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
DEA Drug Enforcement Administration
DEIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility
DFARS Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DHA Defense Health Agency
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
DIA Defense Intelligence Agency
DISA Defense Information Systems Agency
DLA Defense Logistics Agency
DOC U.S. Department of Commerce
DoD U.S. Department of Defense
DOI U.S. Department of Interior
DOJ U.S. Department of Justice
DOL U.S. Department of Labor
DOS U.S. Department of State
DOT U.S. Department of Transportation
DVD Digital Video Disk
e.g., exempli gratia, meaning “for example”
ED U.S. Department of Education
EDWOSB Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business
EOI Expression of Interest
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
EVMS Earned Value Management System
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FCL Facility Security Clearance
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FWS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
GHG Greenhouse Gas
Ginnie Mae Government National Mortgage Association
GSA General Services Administration
GWAC Governmentwide Acquisition Contract
HHS U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
HUBZone Historically Underutilized Business Zone Small Business
HUD U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
i.e., id est, meaning “that is”
ICE Immigration and Customs Enforcement – DHS
ID Identifier
IDIQ Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quantity
IEEE Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
IFB Invitation for Bid
IFN Item for Negotiation
IRS Internal Revenue Service‎
ISO International Organization for Standardization
IT Information Technology
ITT Invitation to Tender
JV Joint Venture
MAC Multiple Award Contract
MAS Multiple Award Schedule – GSA
MBA Master of Business Administration
MD Doctor of Medicine
MLA Modern Language Association
MP Mentor-Protégé
MTV Music Television – cable network
NAICS North American Industrial Classification System
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMH National Institute of Mental Health
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NPS National Park Service
NSF National Sanitation Foundation
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
OCONUS Outside Continental U.S.
OEM Office of Emergency Management
One Voice A proposal written by multiple authors that is modified to read as a single, unified message that demonstrates effective continuity and coordination between multiple vendors – includes grammar, style, syntax, and punctuation consistency
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration
PMP Project Management Professional
POC Point of Contact
PPQ Past Performance Questionnaire
PRI Rainmaker’s PURE Rain Initiative
Private Sector The commercial or non-government sector as opposed to the Public Sector (public or government sector) – includes private not-for-profit organizations
Public Sector The public sector is a part of the economy that comprises all organizations that are owned and operated by the government – includes all federal, state, county, city, and local government agencies, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities
PWS Performance Work Statement
QA Quality Assurance
QC Quality Control
QCP Quality Control Plan
REIT Real Estate Investment Trust
RFI Request for Information aka Sources Sought Notice
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Quote or Request for Qualifications
RFSQ Request For Statement of Qualifications
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAP Special Access Programs
SBA Small Business Administration
SCI Sensitive Compartmented Information
SCIF Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility
SDB Small Disadvantaged Business – also known as an 8(a)
SDVOSB Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
SeaPort-NG SeaPort-NxG is the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services including Engineering, Financial Management, and Program Management
SEC Securities and Exchange Commission
SIC Standard Industrial Classification codes
SLED State, Local, Educational Institution
SME Subject Matter Expert
SOO Statement of Objectives
SOW Statement of Work or Scope of Work
SSA Social Security Administration
SSN Sources Sought Notice
TOC Table of Contents
TREAS U.S. Department of Treasury
TS Top Secret – security clearance designation
TSA Transportation Security Administration
U.S. United States
U.S. Territories and Protectorates American Samoa, Baker Island, Guam, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Atoll, Navassa Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Palmyra Atoll, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Wake Island
U.S.C. or USC United States Code
UEI Unique Entity ID (Identifier)
USACE U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
USAF U.S. Air Force
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development
USCG U.S. Coast Guard
USCIS U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture
USFS U.S. Forest Service
USGS U.S. Geological Survey
USMC U.S. Marine Corps
USN U.S. Navy
USPS U.S. Postal Service
USSF U.S. Space Force
USSS U.S. Secret Service
v. Versus
VA U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
VAMC Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
VAP Rainmaker’s Virtual Accelerator Program
VBA Veterans Benefits Administration
VHA Veterans Health Administration
WOSB Woman-Owned Small Business
WWW or www World Wide Web