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Below is a list of common acronyms used in government contracts. We provided links to as many as possible or as seemed appropriate. The links are authoritative in that they refer directly to an agency, organization, or regulation - we try to avoid the bias of referring to commercial websites.

AbbrFull Title
8(a) Section 8 (a) of the Small Business Act; Federal Contracting Preference Program for Disadvantaged Businesses
AARAfter Action Report
ACATAcquisition Category
ACOAdministrative Contracting Officer
ACSAssistant Chief of Staff
ACWPActual Cost of Work Performed
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act
ANSIAmerican National Standards Institute
AVBSAutomated Best Value System (past performance system)
BoLBill of Lading
B&PBid and Proposal
BAABuy American Act or Broad Agency Announcement
BACBudget at Completion
BAFOBest and Final Offer
BDOBlanket Delivery Order
BOABasic Ordering Agreement
BPABlanket Purchase Agreement
CAGECommercial and Government Entity (CAGE code)
CAOCongressional Affairs Office
CASCost Accounting Standards
CBOCongressional Budget Office
CCDRContract Cost Data Reporting
CCRCentral Contractor Registration (see SAM)
CDAContract Disputes Act
CDDContract Delivery Date
CDRLContract Data Requirements List
CFRCode of Federal Regulations
CFSRContract Funds Status Report
CICACompetition in Contracting Act
CIDCommercial Item Description
CIOChief Information Officer
CLINContract Line Item Number
CMConfiguration Management
CMMCapability Maturity Model
CMMICapability Maturity Model-Integrated
CMOContract Management Office
CMTContract Management Team
COContracting Officer (sometimes KO)
COBClose of Business
CofCCertificate of Conformance
COFCU.S. Court of Federal Claims
CONUSContinental United States
CORContracting Officer's Representative
COTRContracting Officer’s Technical Representative
COTSCommercial Off-the-Shelf
CPAFCost Plus Award Fee
CPFFCost Plus Fixed Fee
CPIFCost Plus Incentive Fee
CPRCost Performance Report
CRADACooperative Research and Development Agreement
CWHSSAContract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act
CYCalendar Year
DACADays After Contract Award
DARODays After Receipt of Order
DARPADefense Advanced Research Projects Agency
DBADavis Bacon Act (prevailing wages on federal contracts
DCAADefense Contract Audit Agency
DCMADefense Contract Management Agency
DFARSDefense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement
DHSDepartment of Homeland Security
DIDData Item Description
DLADefense Logistics Agency
DLHDirect Labor Hour
DOCDepartment of Commerce
DODDepartment of Defense
DOEDepartment of Energy
DOIDepartment of the Interior
DOJDepartment of Justice
DOLDepartment of Labor
DOSDepartment of State
DOTDepartment of Transportation
DTICDefense Technology Information Center
DUNSData Universal Numbering System
SDVOBService Disabled Veteran-Owned Business
DVDDirect Vendor Delivery
ECPEngineering Change Proposal
EDDEstimated Delivery Date
EDIElectronic Data Interchange
EDOPExpedited Delivery Order Process
EEOEqual Employment Opportunity
EFTElectronic Funds Transfer
EOExecutive Order
ETCEstimate to Complete
FACFederal Acquisition Circular
FARFederal Acquisition Regulation
FASFederal Acquisition Service
FASAFederal Acquisition Streamlining Act
FFPFirm Fixed Price
FFRDCFederally Funded Research and Development Center
FIPSFederal Information Processing Standards
FISMAFederal Information Security Management Act
FLSAFair Labor Standards Act
FMSForeign Military Sales
FOIAFreedom of Information Act
FPDSFederal Procurement Data System
FPIFixed Price Incentive
FPLFederal Procurement List
FSCFederal Supply Classification
NSNNational Stock Number
FSSFederal Supply Schedules
FYFiscal Year
G&AGeneral and Administrative
GAAGeneral Agency Agreement
GAOGovernment Accountability Office
GBLGovernment Bill of Lading
GFEGovernment Furnished Equipment
GFMGovernment Furnished Materials
GFPGovernment-Furnished Property
GOCOGovernment Owned, Contractor Operated
GPOGovernment Printing Office
GSAGeneral Services Administration
GSAMGeneral Services Administration Acquisition Manual
GWACGovernment-wide Acquisition Contract
HBCUsHistorically Black Colleges and Universities
HCAHead of Contracting Activity
HUBHistorically Underutilized Business
HUBZoneHistorically Underutilized Business Zone
IAWIn Accordance With
IFBInvitation for Bid
IGInspector General
IDIQIndefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity
ISOInternational Standards Organization (or International Organization for Standardization)
ISSAInterservice Support Agreement
LOELevel of Effort
M&IEMeals and Incidental Expense
MACCMultiple Award Construction Contract
MBDAMinority Business Development Agency
MBEMinority Business Enterprise
MILSPECMilitary Specification
MIL-STDMilitary Standard
MOAMemorandum of Agreement
MOUMemorandum of Understanding
MWBEMinority or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise
NAICSNorth American Industry Classification System
NARANational Archives and Records Administration
NASANational Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASAFARSNational Aeronautics Space Administration FAR Supplement
NAVFACNaval Facilities Engineering Command
NDINon-Developmental Item
NISTNational Institute of Standards and Technology
NSNNational Stock Number
NTENot to Exceed
O&MOperations & Maintenance
OCONUS Outside the Continental United States
OFCCPOffice of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
OFPPOffice of Federal Procurement Policy
OMBOffice of Management and Budget
OPMOffice of Personnel Management
OSDBUOffice of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
OSHAOccupational Safety and Health Administration
OWBOOffice of Women’s Business Ownership
PCOProcuring Contracting Officer
PCRProcurement Center Representative
PEOProgram Executive Officer
PESProfessional Engineering Services
PIDProcurement Item Description
PLPublic Law
PMPProgram Management Plan
POPurchase Order
POCPoint of Contact
POCAPerformances Oriented Construction Activity
PRPair; Peer Review(s); Purchase Request
PRDAProgram Research and Development Announcement
PTACProcurement Technical Assistance Center
QAQuality Assurance
QABQuality Assurance Program
QBLQualified Bidders List
QCQuality Control
QMSQuality Management System
QPLQualified Products List
IRAD/R&DInternal/Research and Development
RDDRequired Delivery Date
RFBRequest for Bid
RFIRequest for Information
RFIDRadio Frequency Identification
RFPRequest for Proposal
RFQRequest for Quotation
SABERSimplified Acquisition of Base Engineer Requirements
SADBUSSmall and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Specialist
SBASmall Business Administration
SBACSmall Business Advisory Committee
SBDCSmall Business Development Center
SBICSmall Business Investment Company
SBIRSmall Business Innovation Research
SBLOSmall Business Liaison Officer
SBSASmall Business Set Aside
SCOREService Core of Retired Executives
SDBSmall Disadvantaged Business
SDVService Disabled Veteran
SDVOSBService-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business
SECSecurities and Exchange Commission
SFStandard Form
SICStandard Industrial Classification Codes
SINSpecial Item Number
SKNStock Keeping Number
SKUStock Keeping Unit
SOOStatement of Objectives
SOPStandard Operating Procedure
SOWStatement of Work
SSASocial Security Administration
STTRSmall Business Technology Transfer Program
T&MTime and Materials
T for CTermination for Convenience
T for DTermination for Default
TCOTermination Contracting Officer
TDTechnology Development
TINTaxpayer Identification Number
TINATruth in Negotiations Act
TIPSTechnical Information Packages
TQMTotal Quality Management
TTNTechnology Transfer Network
U/IUnit of Issue
UCCUniform Commercial Code
UPCUniversal Product Code
USCUnited States Code
USGUnited States Government
V&VVerification and Validation
VAVeterans Administration
VARValue Added Reseller
VCVenture Capital or Venture Capitalist
VOBVeteran-Owned Business
VSCVendor Support Center
WAWFWide Area Work Flow
WBCWomen’s Business Centers
WBEWomen’s Business Enterprise
WBSWork Breakdown Structure
WOSBWoman-Owned Small Business
WRDWage Rate Determination