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A&A Advisory & Assistance
A&A Assessment and Accreditation
A&MM Acquisition and Materiél Management
A&MMS Acquisition and Materiél Management Service
A/E Architect/Engineer
A/O Administrative Offices
A/OPC Agency/Organization Program Coordinator
A/R Accounts Receivable
AAA Authentication, Authorization & Access
ABC Activity Based Costing
AC Associate Chief of Staff
AC Acceleration Clause
AC Actual Cost
ACC Accounting Classification Code
ACO Administrative Contracting Officer
ACRB Architectural Change and Review Board
ACWP Actual Cost for Work Performed
AD Assistant Director
ADA Associate Deputy Administrator
ADAS Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary
AGC Associated General Contractors of America
AIA American Institute of Architects
AIC Architecture and Infrastructure Committee
AL Assisted Living
AL American Legion
ALA American Legion Auxiliary
ALBCC Account Level Budget Cost Center
ALC Agency Location Code
ALTA American Land Title Transfer
AO Authorizing Official
APOC Administrative Point of Contact
AR Architecture Requirements
ARB Architecture Review Board
ARB Accident Review Board
ARC American Red Cross
ARNP Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
ARO After Receipt of Order
ARO After Receipt of Order
ATP Acquisition Training Program
B&P Bid and Proposal
B/A Basic Agreement
B/A Basic Agreement
B/S Benefits/Services
BA Business Architecture
BAA Business Associate Agreement(s)
BCA Business Continuity Plan
BCA Board of Contract Appeals
BCAG Business Community Advisory Group
BCBS Blue Cross Blue Shield
BCS Business Case Study
BCWP Budgeted Cost for Work Performed
BCWS Budgeted Cost for Work Scheduled
BIRLS Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem
BNI Business Needs and Investment
BNIB Business Needs and Investment Board
BOA Basic Ordering Agreement
BOC Business Operations Committee
BOC Budget Object Code
BOP Bureau of Prisons
BPA Blanket Purchase Agreement
BQ Best Qualified
BRD Business Requirements Document
BRD Business Requirements Document
BREP Business Requirements Engineering Process
BRM Business Relationship Meeting
BRM Business Reference Model
BSAD Baseline System Architecture Document
C&A Certification and Authority
CAO Chief Administrative Officer
CAO Chief Acquisition Officer is the Assistant Secretary for Management
CAO Contract Administration Office
CBA Cost Benefit Analysis
CBC Community Based Outpatient Clinic
CBC Complete Blood Count
CBCMC Clinical Bar Code Multidisciplinary Committee
CBD Chief Benefits Director
CBHCO Community-Based Health Care Organization
CBI Compliance and Business Integrity
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CBO Chief Business Office
CSBU Center for Small Business Utilization
CC Ceiling Cost
CCA Consolidated Contracting Activity
CCB Change Control Board
CCC Cost Containment Center
CCD Centralized Contracting Division
CCR Central Contractor Register
CCS Care Coordination Services
CEA Chief Enterprise Architect
CEC Continuing Education Center
CEFU Continuing Education Field Unit
CEHIST Center for Evaluation of Healthcare Information Systems & Technology
CEIS Corporate Executive Information System
CEMP Comprehensive Emergency Management Program
CEN Committee European de Normalisation
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CEOSH Center for Engineering & Occupational Safety and Health
CFM Construction Facility Management
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CFOC Chief Financial Officers Council
CFP Clinical Financial Planner
CFR Code of Federal Regulations
CI Contract Item/Control Item
CICA Competition in Contracting Act
CIM Corporate Information Model
CIO Chief Information Officer
CIOFO Chief Information Office Field Office
CIP Capital Investment Proposal
CIP Capital Investment Process
CIPP/G Certified Information Privacy Professional/Government
CO Contracting Officer
COAS Clinical Observation Access Control
COB Close of Business
COBRA Common Object Request Broker Architecture
COE Certificate of Eligibility
COE Centers of Excellence
COHRS Central Office Human Resources Service
COI Conflict of Interest
COI Communities of Interest
COO Chief Operations Officer
COOP Continuity of Operations Plan
COS Chief of Staff
COSG Collaborative Opportunities Steering Group
COSVA Chief of Staff
COTR Contracting Officer's Technical Representative or Contracting Officer's Representative, same as Resident Engineer
CP Ceiling Price
CP Contingency Plan
CPI Cost Performance Index
CPIC Capital Planning and Investment Control
CPM Critical Path Method
CPM Continuous Passive Motion
CPO Chief of Purchasing Office
CPOE Computerized Physician Order Entry
CPP Consumer Preferences and Policy
CPR Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation
CPS Core Products and Services
CS Cost Sharing
CSA Common Services Architecture
CSCIS Computer Software Configuration Items
CSCS Computer Software Components
CSE Customer Service Environment
CSEMO Corporate Senior Executive Management Office
CSF Critical Success Factors
CSO Cyber Security Office
CSP Cyber Security Professional
CSUM Common Security User Manager
CT Commercial Technology
CTI Computer/Telephone Integration
CTI Category Type Item
CTI Critical Time Intervention
CTO Chief Technology Officer
CV Cost Variance
CY Calendar Year
CVE Center for Verification and Evaluation
D&F Determination and Finding
DAP Direct Access Program
DBA Data Base Administrator
DBIA Database Integration Agreement
DBIC Data Base Integration Committee
DBM Disruptive Behavior Management
DBMS Data Base Management System
DCM Department Cost Manager
DME Development/Maintenance/Enhancement
DOBI Department of Defense Instruction
DoD Department of Defense
DOE Department of Energy
DOJ Department of Justice
DOL Department of Labor
DOT Department of Transportation
DS Data Standardization
DS Delivery Services
D&S Committee The VA Deparment and Suspension Committee, a committee consisting of the Director, Acquisition Resources Service (chair), and representatives of the Office of Inspector General, and the program office to which the particular deparment or suspension case relates. A representative from OGC will serve as legal counsel to the D&S Committee.
DSPE Deputy Senior Procurement Executive, who is also the Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions. Also the Suspending official, authority to impose suspension is delegated to the SPE and is further delegated to the DSPE. Known as the Debarring official.
DTP Data Transfer Program
DUSB Deputy Undersecretary for Benefits
DUSH Deputy Under Secretary for Health
DUSHOM Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management (10N)
DUZ Designated User
E&IT Electronic & Information Technology
E/M evaluation and management
ECM Energy Conservation Measures
ECP Engineering Change Proposals
ECR Executive Conference Room
ECS Enterprise Class Storage
ECS Event Capture System
EISA Extended Industry Standard Architecture
EST Eastern Standard Time
ETC Estimate To Completion
F2F Face-to-Face Meeting
FAC-C Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting
FACCT Foundation for Accountability
FACHE Fellow in American College of Healthcare Executives
FAC-P/PM Federal Acquisition Certification Program/Project Management
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FAR Federal Acquisition Regulations
FAS Finance and Accounting System
FP Fixed Price
FSS Federal Supply Schedule
FY Fiscal Year
GAO Government Accountability Office
G2B Government to Business
G2C Government to Consumer
G2G Government to Government
GOV Government Owned Vehicle
GP Government Property
GSF Gross Square Feet
HAC Health Administration Center
HCA Head of contracting Activity, appointed in writing by the DSPE under VA's Appointment of HCAs Program
HEA Health Enterprise Architecture
HR&A Human Resources and Administration
HRC Health Resource Center
HRIS Human Resources Information Service
HRM Human Resources Management
IFB Invitation for Bids
IM Information Management
IM/DQ Identity Management/Data Quality
IM/IT Information Management/Information Technology
IP Internet Protocol
ITAAC IT Acquisition Advisory Council
ITAC Information Technology Advisory Committee
ITAM IT Asset Management
ITARP IT Activity Resource Proposal
ITARS IT Acquisition Request System
ITBAT IT Budget Analysis Team
ITC Information Technology Center
ITC Information Technology Conference
ITEAM Information Technology Enterprise Architecture Management
ITIL Information Technology Infrastructure Library
I-TIPS Information Technology Investment Portfolio System
ITLO Information Technology Logistics Office
ITMP Information Technology Management Program
ITMRA Information Technology Management Reform Act
ITOC Information Technology and Oversight Compliance
ITOC Information Technology Oversight & Compliance
KSA Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
KSAO Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other
LCC Life Cycle Costs
LEAF Logistics, Engineering, Acquisition, and Finance
LOB Line of Business
MF Medical Facilities
MTF Medical Treatment Facility/Facilities
MTF (DoD) Military Treatment Facility
NAC National Acquisition Center
NC National Cemetery
NCA National Cemetery Administration
NCAO National Cemetery Area Office
ND Network Director
NVC National Veterans Conference
NVSBC National Veterans Small Business Conference
NVSBE National Veterans Small Business Engagement
O&M Operations and Maintenance
O&M Operation and Maintenance
OA&L Office of Acquisition and Logistics
OALC Office of Acquisition, Logistics, and Construction
OAO Office of Acquisition Operations
OCLA Office of Congressional Legislative Affairs
OF Office of Facilities
OGC Office of the General Counsel
OHRM Office of Human Resources Management
OI&T Office of Information and Technology
ORD Office of Research and Development
OSDBU Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
PATS Planning, Architecture, Technology and Services
PCO Procuring Contracting Officer
PDM Program (Procurement) Decision Maker
PM Project Manager
PM Program Manager
PM PAR Program Management Policy, Assessment, and Reporting
PO Purchasing Order
POCs Points of Contact
POS Point of Sale
POS Period of Service
PPE Property, Plant and Equipment
PR Purchase Requests
PTAC Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
RO Regional Office
RO&IC Regional Office and Insurance Center
SAC Strategic Acquisition Center
SAM System for Award Management
SAN Storage Area Network
SB/SDB Small Business/Small Disadvantaged Business
SB/SDB Small Business/Small Disadvantaged Business
SBA Small Business Administration
SCORE Service Corps of Retired Executives
SBL Small Business Liaison
SDC System Development Center
SDD Software Design and Development
SDE Service Delivery and Engineering
SDVOSB Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business
SE&I Software Engineering & Integration
SEDR Systems Engineering and Design Review
SEES Survey Evaluation Exam System
SEI Software Engineering and Integration
SEPG Software Engineering Process Group
SPE Senior Procurement Executive who is also Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Material Management. SPE is responsible for the management direction of the VA acquisition system. The SPE may further delegate authority to the DSPE.
SQA Safety Quality Assurance
SQA Software Quality Assurance
SR Systems Redesign
SSM Software Service Manager
STD Standard
STP Software Test Plan
STR Software Test Report
T&C Terms and Conditions
TA Technology Assessment
TAC Technology Assessment Committee
TAC Technology Acquisition Center
TP Technical Proposal
TQM Total Quality Management
U.S.C. United States Code
UI User Interface
VA Department of Veterans Affairs (never use DVA)
VACO VA Central Office
VAGFE VA-owned Government Furnished Equipment
VAMC VA Medical Center
VAO Virtual Acquisition Office
VAAR Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Regulation
VBA Veterans Benefit Administration
VBOP Veterans Business Outreach Centers
VC Veterans Center
VIP Veteran Information Pages
VISN Veterans Integrated Service Network, an integrated network of VA facilities that are focused on pooling and aligning resources to best meet local needs in the most cost effective manner and provide greater access to care.
VHA Veterans Health Administration
VOSB Veteran Owned Small Business
WBC Women Business Center

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