Government Contracting Database
Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms
COB: Close Of Business
COE: Corps of Engineers — An organization in the U.S. Department of the Army.
CONUS: Continental United States
DARO: Days After Receipt Of Order
DCSC: Defense Construction Supply Center — An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense.
DESC: Defense Electronics Supply Center — An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DFAR: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations — Procurement regulations used by organizations in the Department of Defense. Also called Defense Acquisition Regulations (DAR).
DGSC: Defense General Supply Center — An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DISC: Defense Industrial Supply Center — An organization in the U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency.
DTD: Dated DOD or DoD: Department of Defense
ECP: Engineering Change Proposal
EDI: Electronic Data (or Document) Interchange — Electronic exchange of information, paperless office.
FAR: Federal Acquisition Regulation — Procurement regulations used by both civilian and defense organizations.
FAT: First Article Testing — When DOD buys certain goods they may perform extensive tests on the first item delivered.
FFP: Firm Fixed – Price — A type of contract under which the government agrees to purchase goods or services at a set price.
FFRDC: Federally Funded Research & Development Center — A facility funded by the government that conducts research and development work. The facility is operated by a university or a related non – profit organization.
FIRMR: Federal Information Management Resources Regulation — Government-wide regulations that govern the purchase of computer goods and services.
FMS: Foreign Military Sales
FSC: Federal Supply Classification — A code number used by the government to identify various items of equipment which are purchased by the government.
FSN: Federal Stock Number — A code number used to identify documents sold by the U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents.
FSS: Federal Supply Service — An organization in the U.S. General Services Administration.
GAO: Government Accountability Office
GFE: Government – Furnished Equipment
GFM: Government – Furnished Materials
GOCO: Government – Owned, Contractor Operated
GSA: General Services Administration
IAW: In Accordance With
IFB: Invitation for Bid — A solicitation issued by the government to prospective bidders. An IFB describes what the government requires and how the offerors will be evaluated. Award is based on the lowest bid. Negotiations are not conducted.
LSA: Labor Surplus Area — A federal program to set – aside certain contracts to businesses located in areas with high unemployment.
NLT: No Later Than
NSN: National Stock Number — A unique number assigned by the General Services Administration which catalogs a wide range of items by commodity, group, and class.
NSNA: No Stock Number Assigned o/a: On or About
OICC: Officer in Charge of Construction
PIN: Pre – Invitation Notice — A summary of a solicitation package sent to prospective bidders, who may then request the entire solicitation package.
POC: Point of Contact
RFP: Request for Proposal — A solicitation issued by the government to prospective offerors. An RFP describes what the government requires and how the offerors will be evaluated. Negotiations may be conducted with offers. Award is based on a combination of lowest price and technical merit.
SBSA: Small Business Set Aside — A solicitation restricted to competition completed only among small businesses.
SOL: Solicitation — A document that describes the specifications of what the government requires. A solicitation is usually an IFB or a RFP.
OSD: Office of the Secretary of Defense
OSDBU: Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
P.L.: Public Law
P/N: Part Number
PO: Purchase Order
R&D: Research and Development
RFQ: Request for Quotation — A request for market information by the government, used for planning purposes.
ROICC: Resident Officer in Charge of Construction
SDB: Small And Disadvantaged Business — A small business that is owned and operated by a socially or economically disadvantaged individual.
SF: Standard Form
SIC: Standard Industrial Classification — A code number used by the government to classify goods or services by their principal purpose.
SOW: Statement of Work — A description of the government’s requirements for purchasing a good or service.
Updated: June 27, 2018