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Acronyms and Definitions

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ACF Administration for Children & Families
ACL Administration on Community Living
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
AOA Administration on Aging
ASA Assistant Secretary for Administration
ASH Assistant Secretary for Health
ASL Assistant Secretary for Legislation
ASPA Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
ASPE Assistant Secretary for Planning & Evaluation
ASPHEP Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness
ASPR Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
ASRT Assistant Secretary for Resources & Technology
ADFO Alternate Designated Federal Official
Authority The right, which is reserved by the Secretary, Presidential directive, or statute, to establish a Federal Advisory Committee.
AVA Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed 

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BARDA Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

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CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats
CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Chair Individual appointed to preside at committee meetings and ensure that all rules of order and conduct are maintained during each session.
CHR Community Health Resilience 
CIP Critical Infrastructure Program
CIPP Critical Infrastructure Protection Program
Closed Meeting A meeting held to review, discuss, and deliberate confidential data and documents, which are prohibited from public disclosure.
of Interest
A matter in which a member of a federal advisory committee has a financial interest or a financial interest that is imputed to the member under 18 U.S.C. 208. Also includes use of the committee office by a member which appears to be or is motivated by a private gain for his/herself or other person(s), particularly those with whom he or she has family, business, or financial ties. (HHS Standards of Conduct, 45 CFR, Part 73).
COO Continuity of Operations

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DAB Departmental Appeals Board
of Authority
A document approved by the Secretary or agency head which authorizes a Department official to: (1) select and invite members to serve on a committee; (2) renew, amend, and terminate a committee; and 3) approve waivers of Department policy regarding membership restrictions.
Federal Officer
The DFO is responsible for the committee’s overall management and administrative matters. The DFO must be present at all advisory committee meetings. The DFO may sometimes be referred to as an Executive Secretary, Executive Director, or Scientific Review Officer.
DHS Department of Homeland Security
DoD Department of Defense
DoS Department of State

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ECCC Emergency Care Coordination Center 
EPAP Emergency Prescription Assistance Program
ESAR–VHP Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals 
The law, authorizing establishment of a federal advisory committee.
Ex Officio
A federal employee who serves on a federal advisory committee to represent his/her agency and who has expertise in the subject matter.
(See Designated Federal Officer)

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FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
Any committee, board commission, council, conference, panel task force, initial review group, special emphasis panel, working or other similar group which is not composed entirely of full-time or permanent part-time officers or employees of the Federal Government. This committee is established or utilized by the Department to advise or make recommendations on matters relating to the programs, responsibilities, or activities of the Department. There are three types of advisory committees: (1) Presidential Advisory Committee established by an Executive Order, (2) Statutory Advisory Committee established by Congress, and (3) Discretionary Advisory Committee established under the authority of the Secretary, agency head, or other HHS official with establishment authority.
The daily publication used as a means to provide the public with information regarding regulations and legal notices issued by Federal agencies.
A specific document published in the Federal Register to inform the public about the various activities of federal advisory committees, i.e., the establishment of new committees, charter renewal of existing committees, to solicit the names of potential nominees and meetings.
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FETIG Federal Education and Training Interagency Group
Filing Date The date the committee’s charter is filed with appropriate standing committees of the Senate, House of Representatives, and the Library of Congress. The filing date also serves as the establishment date for the committee, except for committees established by Executive Order. The establishment date for committees established by Executive Order is the date the charter is filed with the Committee Management Secretariat, GSA.

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GSA U.S. General Services Administration

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HHS Department of Health & Human Services
HPP Hospital Preparedness Program
HRSA Health Resources & Services Administration

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IGA Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
IHS Indian Health Service
IO Immediate Office
IOM Institute of Medicine 
IOS Immediate Office of the Secretary

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LOGS Logistics

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MCM Medical Countermeasures
MSCC Medical Surge Capacity and Capability 

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NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NBSB National Biodefense Science Board (now known as “National Preparedness and Response Science Board”)
NCI National Cancer Institute
NDMS National Disaster Medical System
NHSS National Health Security Strategy
NIH National Institutes of Health
NIMS National Incident Management System
NPRSB National Preparedness and Response Science Board
NRP National Response Plan 
NTE Not-To-Exceed

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OCR Office for Civil Rights
OD Office of the Director
OFDA Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance
OFPA Office of Financial Planning and Analysis
OGC Office of the General Counsel
OGE Office of Government Ethics
OGHA Office of Global Health Affairs
OHR Office of Human Resources
OIG Office of the Inspector General
OMHA Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals
OPP Office of Policy and Planning
(or Public)
An advisory committee meeting must be open to the public except where a closed or partially-closed meeting has been determined proper and consistent with the exemption(s) of the Government in the Sunshine Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(c), as the basis for closure.
OS Office of the Secretary

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PAHPA Pandemic and All‐Hazards Preparedness Act
PAHPRA Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act
A federal advisory committee meeting that has open and closed sessions. The open session is open for public attendance and participation either in person or the web. The closed session of the meeting involves matters exempt from disclosure under the Government in the Sunshine Act.
PEP Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
PHEMCE Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise
PI Pandemic Influenza
PREP Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

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Quorum A quorum is a majority (one more than half) of the committee’s appointed membership, unless the charter states otherwise.

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REC Regional Emergency Coordinators 

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SA Situational Awareness 
SAMHSA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
SIP Strategic Implementation Plan 
SNS Strategic National Stockpile
An officer or employee in the executive branch of the Federal Government who is appointed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, for a period not to exceed 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days.
SPG Strategic Preparedness Goals 
SLTT State, Local, Tribal and Territorial

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USAID US Agency for International Development
USG United States Government
USPHS U.S. Public Health Service


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  • This page last reviewed: September 21, 2018