Acronym Glossary

The “alphabet soup” of government acronyms is a well-known frustration — for the public, our stakeholders and federal employees. This page breaks down acronyms and abbreviations frequently used by ACF and the digital community in alphabetical order.

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Acronym/ Full Name

  • ACA Affordable Care Act
  • ACF Administration for Children and Families
  • ACL Administration for Community Living
  • ACYF Administration for Children Youth and Families
  • AFCARS Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System
  • AFI Assets for Independence
  • AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • AI/AN American Indian / Alaska Native
  • ANA Administration for Native Americans
  • API Application Programming Interface
  • ARTMS Audit Resolution Tracking and Monitoring Systems
  • ATO Authority to Operate
  • ATSDR Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
  • BIA Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • CAO Chief Acquisition Officer
  • CB Children's Bureau
  • CDC Centers for Disease Control
  • CED Community Economic Development
  • CFSR Child and Family Services Review
  • CIM Customer Inquiry Management
  • CIO Chief Information Officer
  • CISO Chief Information Security Officer
  • CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
  • COE Center of Excellence
  • COR Contracting Officer's Representative
  • COTS Commercial Off-The-Shelf
  • CTA Call-to-Action
  • DLL Dual Language Learner
  • FACA Federal Advisory Committee Act
  • FAI Federal Acquisition Institute
  • FAR Federal Acquisition Regulation
  • FAST Federally Assisted State Transmitted Levy System
  • FCC Family Child Care
  • FCR Federal Case Registry
  • FDA Food and Drug Administration
  • FEMA Federal Emergency Management Administration
  • FISMA Federal Information Security Management Act
  • FITARA Federal Information Technology Accountability and Reform Act
  • FOIA Freedom of Information Act
  • FOS Federal Offset System
  • FPLS Federal Parent Locator Service
  • FRN Federal Register Notice
  • FY Fiscal Year
  • FYSB Family Youth Services Bureau
  • GAO Government Accountability Office
  • GATES Grants Administration Tracking and Evaluation System
  • GSA General Services Administration
  • GSCOE Grant Solutions Center of Excellence
  • GTL Government Task Lead
  • HEAR HHS Enterprise Architecture Repository
  • HHS Department of Health and Human Services
  • HIPAA Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
  • HIS Indian Health Service
  • HPOG Health Profession Opportunity Grants
  • HRSA Health Resources and Services Administration
  • HS Head Start
  • HSES Head Start Enterprise System
  • HSICC Head Start Information Communication Center
  • HUD Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • IDA Individual Development Account
  • IM Insurance Match
  • IOAS Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary
  • IOS Immediate Office of the Secretary
  • IPT Integrated Project Team
  • IRG Intergovernmental Reference Guide
  • ISSLOB Information Systems Security Line of Business
  • ISSO Information Systems Security Officer
  • IT Information Technology
  • ITAR IT Acquisition Review
  • ITIO Information Technology Infrastructure and Operations
  • ITIRB Information Technology Investment Review Board
  • IV&V Independent Verification and Validation
  • LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual (more details in the editorial style guide)
  • LIHEAP Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • LWP LIHEAP Web Portal
  • MAPS Management and Accounting of Projects System
  • MICRS Management Information Central Repository System
  • MOE Maintenance of Effort
  • MOU Memorandum of Understanding
  • MSER Multi-State Employer Registry
  • MSFIDM Multi-State Financial Institution Data Match
  • NCANDS National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System
  • NCFY National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
  • NDNH National Directory of New Hires
  • NIH National Institutes of Health
  • NYTD National Youth in Transition Database
  • OA Office of Administration
  • OAIT Office of Administration Information Technology
  • OC Office of Communications
  • OCC Office of Child Care
  • OCIO Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • OCS Office of Community Services
  • OCSE Office of Child Support Enforcement
  • OHS Office of Head Start
  • OHSEPR Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • OHSMS Office of Head Start Monitoring System
  • OIG Office of the Inspector General
  • OIS Office of Information Services
  • OLAB Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget
  • OLDC Online Data Collection
  • OMB Office of Management and Budget
  • ONC Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
  • OPDIV Operating Division
  • OPM Office of Personnel Management
  • OPRE Office of Planning Research and Evaluation
  • ORO Office of Regional Operations
  • ORR Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • ORR Operational Readiness Review
  • OTIP Office of Trafficking In Persons
  • PA Privacy Act
  • PAGES Participant Accomplishment and Grant Evaluation System
  • PARIS Public Assistance Reporting Information System
  • PBR Project Baseline Review
  • PDR Preliminary Design Review
  • PHI Protected Health Information
  • PIA Privacy Impact Assessment
  • PII Personally Identifiable Information
  • PMO Project Management Office
  • PMT Portfolio Management Tool
  • PO Project Officer
  • POAM Plan of Action and Milestones
  • PPACA Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
  • PPM Program and Project Management
  • PRA Paperwork Reduction Act
  • PREP Personal Responsibility Education Program
  • PSC Program Support Center
  • PSOC Project Save Our Children
  • PSR Project Selection Review
  • PTMS Property Tracking and Management System
  • QUICK Query Interstate Cases for Kids
  • RADS Refugee Arrivals Data System
  • RHY Runaway and Homeless Youth
  • RHYMIS Runaway and Homeless Youth Management Information System
  • RMFP Risk Management Framework Portal
  • RPTS Real Property Tracking System
  • RSS Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
  • SAC State Advisory Council
  • SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • SDLC System Development Life Cycle
  • SEO Search Engine Optimization
  • SOW Statement of Work
  • SSAIS State Systems Approval Information System
  • SSBG Social Service Block Grant
  • T/TA Training and Technical Assistance
  • TA Technical Assistance
  • TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • TAP Targeted Assistance Program
  • TDRF TANF Data Reporting System
  • TechStat TechStat Accountability Session
  • TRB Technical Review Board
  • UAC Unaccompanied Alien Children
  • UC Unaccompanied Children
  • UFMS Unified Financial Management System
  • WCMS Web Content Management System