Demystifying Acronyms

Below is a list of common government contract 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.

Click the + before the letter to expand the alphabetical list of acronyms and their meanings.

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
ACS Assistant Chief of Staff
ACWP Actual Cost of Work Performed
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ANSI American National Standards Institute
AVBS Automated Best Value System (past performance system)
BoL Bill of Lading
B&P Bid and Proposal
BAA Buy American Act or Broad Agency Announcement
BAC Budget at Completion
BAFO Best and Final Offer
BDO Blanket Delivery Order
BOA Basic Ordering Agreement
BPA Blanket Purchase Agreement
CAGE Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE code)
CAO Congressional Affairs Office
CAS Cost Accounting Standards
CBO Congressional Budget Office
CCDR Contractor Cost Data Reporting
CCR Central Contractor Registration (see SAM)
CDA Contract Disputes Act
CDD Contract Delivery Date
CDRL Contract Data Requirements List
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 (sometimes KO)
COB Close of Business
CofC Certificate of Conformance
COFC U.S. Court of Federal Claims
CONUS Continental United States
COR Contracting Officer’s 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
CPR Cost Performance Report
CRADA Cooperative Research and Development Agreement
CWHSSA Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act
CY Calendar Year
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
ETC Estimate to Complete
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
GSAM General Services Administration Acquisition Manual
GWAC Government-wide Acquisition Contract
HBCUs Historically Black Colleges and Universities
HCA Head of Contracting Activity
HUB Historically Underutilized Business
HUBZone Historically Underutilized Business Zone
IAW In Accordance With
IFB Invitation for Bid
IG Inspector General
IDIQ Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity
ISO International Standards Organization (or International Organization for Standardization)
ISSA Interservice Support Agreement
LOE Level of Effort
M&IE Meals and Incidental Expense
MACC Multiple Award Construction Contract
MBDA Minority Business Development Agency
MBE Minority Business Enterprise
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
NASAFARS National Aeronautics Space Administration FAR Supplement
NAVFAC Naval Facilities Engineering Command
NDI Non-Developmental Item
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NSN National Stock Number
NTE Not to Exceed
PCO Procurement Contracting Officer
PCR Procurement Center Representative
PEO Program Executive Officer
PES Professional Engineering Services
PID Procurement Item Description
PL Public Law
PMP Program Management Plan
PO Purchase Order
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
IRAD/R&D Internal/Research and Development
RDD Required Delivery Date
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
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
SCA Service Contract Award
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
STTR Small Business Technology Transfer Program
T&M Time and Materials
T for C Termination for Convenience
T for D Termination for Default
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 Uniform 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

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